Heap leach recovery process
A method for extracting uranium from ore. The ore is placed in piles or heaps on top of liners. The liners
prevent uranium and other chemicals from moving into the ground. Sulfuric acid is dripped onto the heap and dissolves uranium as it moves through the ore. Uranium solution drains into collection basins, where it is piped to a processing plant. At the plant, uranium is extracted, concentrated, and dried to form yellowcake.
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