METALS: The Uranium Boom

For years, the parched, mountainous wastelands of the Colorado Plateau were known for their scattering of dinosaur bones and the ruined homes of prehistoric cliff-dwelling Indians. But now the area is known for something far more important: uranium. At Uravan, Colo. last week, the U.S. Vanadium Corp., a subsidiary of Union Carbide & Carbon, gave a fillip to the wastelands' glamorous new reputation and the boom under way. U.S. Vanadium opened the biggest uranium refining mill in the U.S.; by using a new process, it hopes to extract uranium from ores heretofore...

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