7 Facts About Uranium Mining


Uranium mining is the process of extraction of uranium ore from the ground.

Uranium is a chemical element with symbol U and atomic number 92.

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The worldwide production of uranium in 2015 amounted to 60,496 tonnes.

The British tonne, which is the same as the metric ton in the United States, is a non-SI metric unit of mass equal to 1,000 kilograms; or one megagram ; it is equivalent to approximately 2,204.6 pounds, 1.10 short tons or 0.984 long tons.

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Kazakhstan, Canada, and Australia are the top three producers and together account for 70% of world uranium production.

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands.

Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country in northern Central Asia and Eastern Europe.


Other important uranium producing countries in excess of 1,000 tons per year are n*gg*r, Russia, Namibia, Uzbekistan, China, the United States and Ukraine.

Ukraine is a sovereign state in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean.


Uranium from mining is used almost entirely as fuel for nuclear power plants.

Nuclear power is the use of nuclear reactions that release nuclear energy to generate heat, which most frequently is then used in steam turbines to produce electricity in a nuclear power plant.

A nuclear power plant or nuclear power station is a thermal power station in which the heat source is a nuclear reactor.


Uranium ores are normally processed by grinding the ore materials to a uniform particle size and then treating the ore to extract the uranium by chemical leaching.


The milling process commonly yields dry powder-form material consisting of natural uranium, "yellowcake," which is sold on the uranium market as U3O8.

Yellowcake is a type of uranium concentrate powder obtained from leach solutions, in an intermediate step in the processing of uranium ores.

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