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How is electricity generated by uranium?

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10/02/2009

When uranium is brought together in sufficient quantities, the radiation it naturally gives off produces a chain reaction (in which the nuclear particles produces by the breakdown of uranium nuclei interact with other nuclei and cause them to break down as well). This reaction produces a tremendous amount of heat as a by-product. This heat is used to heat a quantity of water, and the resulting steam drives turbines which produce electricity.