Uranium is a silvery-white metallic chemical element. It occurs naturally in low concentrations of a few parts per million in soil, rock and water. The main use of uranium in the civilian sector is to fuel nuclear power plants.
Mineral sands are a class of ore deposit which are important an source of zirconium, titanium, thorium, tungsten, rare earth elements, the industrial minerals diamond, sapphire, garnet, and occasionally precious metals or gemstones.
Tantalum is a rare, hard, blue-gray, lustrous transition metal that is highly corrosion resistant. Valuable for laboratory equipment and a substitute for platinum. Used chiefly for tantalum capacitors in electronic equipment.
A mineral occurring as prismatic crystals, typically brown but sometimes in translucent varieties of gem quality. It consists of zirconium silicate and is the chief ore of zirconium. Primarily used for the construction of ceramics.
Common name for potassium carbonate and various mined and manufactured salts that contain the element potassium in water-soluble form. Useful in making soap, in the manufacture of glass, and as a fertilizer.
Solar energy is in the form of solar radiation. Through the use of various technologies, solar radiation can be harnessed and used as a form of energy. Solar energy technologies include solar heating, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electricity and solar architecture.