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23 January, 10:05

Which correctly describes an issue relating to the mining and extraction of uranium?

Select all that apply.

the production of tailings, which contain radioactive material

the need to bury mine waste under a protective barrier

the possibility of being exposed to lethal doses of radiation

the production of toxic radon gas

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  1. 23 January, 10:24
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    All of the above

    Explanation:

    The mining and extraction of uranium posses serious environmental and health hazard to prospectors. Uranium exists naturally as uraninite or pitchblende as it is fondly known. It is an oxide of uranium.

    The mineral uranium is an energy source in nuclear power plants.

    Extraction of this mineral leads to the following hazards;

    Production of tailings which contains radioactive materials. Most of the gangue accompanying the ore also radioactive in nature. The mine waste must be properly disposed in special places where they will not pose health hazards to the populace. The possibility of being exposed to lethal dosses of the radiation is very high. Radon gas, a toxic gas, is often found associated with ore bodies of uranium.
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