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Uranium Deposit in Rajasthan

Context: Large uranium reserves were found at Rohil (Khandela Tehsil) in the Sikar district of Rajasthan.  

About Uranium: It is a silvery-white metallic chemical element. Uranium-235 is the only naturally occurring isotope capable of sustaining nuclear fission. 

Key Points: 

  • Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia are the largest producers of uranium in the world. 
  • After Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan is the third state where uranium has been found.
  • India imports uranium mostly from Canada and Kazakhstan. 
  • The Rajasthan government has forayed into the field of uranium mining by issuing a letter of intent (LoI) to the Uranium Corporation of India

Importance of Uranium: Uranium is mainly used for generating electricity and nuclear energy, medicines, defence equipment and photography.

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