10 Most Mineral-Rich Countries In Africa

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Written by Keren Mikva
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Niger – Uranium

With 44 percent of Africa’s uranium supply, Niger is one of the continent’s leading producers. Exports of minerals account for more than 40 percent of Niger’s exports. Though Niger also mines for cement, coal, goal, gypsum, limestone, salt, silver, and tin, its northern Agadez Region — a desert just northeast of Niamey — is known for its large uranium deposits, and has had mines operating in the area since 1971. Since it is naturally radioactive, uranium is most commonly used in the nuclear power industry to generate electricity.