Uranium

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Chemical Elements
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Uranium

Uranium

Uses-Uranium has the ability to cause a nuclear chain reaction making the metal important for generating heat in nuclear power reactors and producing fissile material for nuclear weapons.Military uses uranium when making special ammunition. It helps make bullets and larger projectiles hard and dense enough to punch through armor.

Locations-Uranium is about the 50th most abundant element in the Earth's crust. It can be found in very small traces in most rocks and in the ocean water. In the Earth's crust it is found in minerals such as uraninite, carnotite, torbernite, and coffinite.

Work Experience-The main use for uranium today is for fuel in nuclear power plants. Nuclear power plants generate power by causing a controlled fission chain reaction using uranium. This produces a huge amount of energy from a small amount of uranium. One kilogram of uranium can produce as much energy as 1500 tons of coal. Depleted uranium (DU) is used in bullets and larger projectiles to make them hard and dense enough to punch through armored targets. It is also used to improve the metal armor used on tanks and other armored vehicles.

Fat Man(Nuclear Bomb)from World War ll

Nuclear Power Plants

By:Mickey Jenkins

Websites-www.chem4kids.comwww.duckster.comwww.sciencekids.co.nz

Symbol-UAtomic Number-92Atomic Weight-238Metal

Awards and recognition-It was named by Martin Klaproth after the newly discovered planet Uranus. Uranium was discovered by German chemist Martin H. Klaproth in 1789. This characteristic is important in nuclear reactors and nuclear explosives.


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