Arlit uranium mine, Niger

Arlit uranium mine, Niger

 
 
 
 
 

global uranium reserves

 
 

KEY FACTS

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  • France discovered one of the world's largest uranium deposits in the 1960s
  • Today Niger has 2 uranium mines = 7.5% of the world's output
  • 4th largest producer of uranium
  • 2 mining towns: Arlit and Arkokan, are 900km north-east of the capital Niamey
  • Mines are operated by Areva - a French company that owns 70%
  • Local Tuareg groups feel they have not benefitted from the industry
  • Uranium from Niger provides 50% of France's energy supply
 

HEALTH IMPACTS

 
 

case study: olympic dam mine, australia

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REVIEW

“The opportunities for mineral extraction outweigh the challenges in hot, arid areas.” Discuss this statement. [10 marks]

List the opportunities and challenges in two columns. Develop your points using "so". Add data, place names, examples.

CHALLENGES

OPPORTUNITIES