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Australias Uranium Mining An Overview In the last forty years Uranium has become one of the worlds most important energy minerals Primarily Uranium produced in Australia has used for the sole production of electricity However a small proportion of the Uranium mined is for important medical isotopes It is for this reason that Uranium mining is an ever-important and pressing point of discussion Mining itself has been criticized for the massive effect it on the environment around it Uranium mining is no different and more often then not the after effects of Uranium mining are more detrimental to the environment Unlike other mining Uranium mining has also caused a major stir in the actual use of the Uranium after it has been mined The environmental problems of Uranium mining go further then the actual mining and by products The uses of Uranium have been seen as risky and dangerous Using Uranium as a source of energy has already shown the disastrous effects The melt down at Chernobyl is still causing health problems in citizens after 30 years On the upside Uranium mining creates employment and boosts the Australian Economy It is for these reasons that Uranium Mining is a process that needs to be looked at carefully before any judgements are made on its future in Australia Chemistry Of Uranium and Uranium Mining In the Earths crust mineral Uranium averages about two parts per million Traces of Uranium occur just about everywhere on earth In Australia the existence of uranium has been noted since the 1890s In 1930 ores were mined at Radium Hill in South Australia for minute deposits of Radium The Radium was used for medical purposes As a result of the Radium mining a couple of hundred kilograms of uranium was obtained and used exclusively to produce colours in glass and ceramics In 1954 the Government started up a major uranium producer in Run Jungle known as
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