What is the natural form of uranium?


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2012-07-28 15:32:14
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Uranium is extracted as U3O8, an oxide known as yellowcake.

Uranium may also be present in water as the UO22+ uranyl cation.

Most uranium is U-238, which has a half-life of 4.5 billion years.


Uranium has about 200 minerals. See for some examples:

The yellowcake is the ammonium diuranate (NH4)2 U2O7 (yellow colour); U3O8 (triuraniumoctaoxyde) is black.

Uranium is a chemical element, natural, radioactive, solid, metal.

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