What is Uranium? Uses and Facts About Uranium - Geography Class 7

What is URANIUM?

It is a silvery-white radioactive mineral that has been used as an abundant source of energy for over 60 years.


Who Discovered It?


Uranium was discovered in 1789 by Martin Klaproth, a German chemist, in the mineral called pitchblende. It was named after the planet Uranus, which had been discovered eight years earlier before the discovery of Uranium.


Do you know?

� Uranium occurs in most rocks in concentrations of 2 to 4 parts per million and is as common in the Earth's crust as tin, tungsten, and molybdenum.
� It occurs in seawater and can be recovered from the oceans.
� It has a melting point of 1132�C. The chemical symbol for uranium is U.



Uranium is used in nuclear defense systems and for the nuclear generation of electricity. It is also used in nuclear medicine, X-ray machines, atomic dating, and electronic instruments.


Do You Know?


� Uranium is extensively used for the generation of Electrical energy by using Nuclear Power.
� The world�s First nuclear power was designed mainly for electricity production came into operations in 1957 at Calder Hall (UK).
� USA, France, Italy, Japan, China, Korea, Canada, and India.
� At present 3% of the energy production in India is obtained from Nuclear Power Plants. The First atomic power station in India was set up in Tarapur in 1969.
� Tarapur Plant in Palghar district, Maharashtra, is the first commercial nuclear power plant in India commissioned in 1969. The fuel pellets made of low-enriched uranium dioxide were produced at Elemash (Machine-building plant),




1. Uranium is used in which of the following:-
a. Ultrasonography
b. Electrocardiography
c. Radiology
d. X-Ray machines


2. Colour of Uranium:-
a. Silvery � grey
b. Pink
c. Emerald Green
d. Silvery-white


3. Uranium is also used for generation of ________.
a. Fire
b. Heat energy
c. Sound energy
d. Electrical energy


4. Melting point of Uranium is:-
a. 32110 C
b. 12310C
c. 13210 C
d. 11320C


5. Uranium was discovered on:-
a. 1798
b. 1879
c. 1978
d. 1789

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