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13. The Richest Uranium Mine on Earth

The Gaertner pit at the Key Lake Mine is the most productive uranium mine in the world. Uranium rock here is richest where the earth is blackest. At a nearby mill, the ore is crushed, refined, and turned into a powdered concentrate called yellowcake. Radiation in this pit can be 7,000 times higher than normal background levels. Gaertner Pit, Key Lake Mine, Northern Saskathchewan, Canada, September 17, 1986.

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