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The position of uranium on the periodic table of the elements.

What does uranium look like, taste and smell? [Edit]

Uranium was used in the first atomic bomb "Little Boy" during World War II.

Uranium is a silvery-white metal which can also appear slightly bluish.

How was it discovered?

Uranium was discovered in 1798 by Martin Klaproth, a German chemist. He discovered the element while analyzing samples of the mineral pitchblende. The sample was made from the “Georg Wagsfort” mine in Wittigstal near Johanngeorgenstadt in Saxony. Henri Becquerel discovered the radioactivity of uranium in 1896.

Where does the name come from? [Edit]

The element uranium was named after the planet Uranus, which was discovered by William Herschel in 1781.

Did you know that...
  • Uranium with the atomic number 92 is the highest element in the periodic table, which occurs in degradable quantities on earth?
  • one ton of uranium supplies 40 million kilowatt hours of electricity? That is the same amount of electricity that is obtained from 16,000 tons of coal or from around 13,000,000 liters of crude oil.
  • the Native Americans who live on the Colorado Plateau use the uranium-containing ore carnotite to produce bright yellow colors?

Where can you find uranium?

Uranium can be found in mountains or in the ground around the world. The largest deposits of uranium are in Australia.

What is it used for? [Edit]

Uranium is commonly used in nuclear reactors to generate electricity and as a weapon in atomic bombs.

Uranium is used to determine the age of rocks.

Uranium is used in paints and glazes, although this use is very rare today.

Uranium can be used to color glass. Such uranium glass is colored yellow and glows green under UV light.

Is it dangerous?

Pure uranium can burn explosively. Uranium compounds are toxic and because uranium is radioactive it can lead to cancer.

Uranium is not just uranium, because uranium can contain different numbers of neutrons in the atomic nucleus. These different types of uranium are called isotopes. Natural uranium contains isotopes that give off relatively little radioactive radiation. Isotopes are produced in nuclear power which are highly radioactive and very dangerous.

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