How are we able to find fresh radioactive materials

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How can we be mining for radio active material if the earth was formed so long ago, would these materials not have run the course of depletion already? or is man kind creating them ? like Uranium or Plutonium

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We don’t mine plutonium. It is synthetic. We produce it through nuclear chemistry – we bombard something else with neutrons in a nuclear reactor to create it.

We’re mostly limited to mining long-lived isotopes. Things like uranium that only decay very slowly. Often, so slowly that they’re left over from when they formed from stars eons ago.

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