El Sherana

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El Sherana is a now-abandoned uranium, gold and silver mining base in the South Alligator River valley of the Northern Territory, Australia.[1]

The site was discovered in 1954 by a team led by Joe Fischer, and was found to be one of the richest uranium lodes in the world. The site was named after the daughters of a team staff member: Ellen, Sharon and Anna.[2] The mines operated between 1954 and 1964, with a subsequent rehabilitation effort between 1988 and 1992.[3] The total production at the mines was 192 tonnes of uranium ore at El Sherana, and 157 tonnes at El Sherana West.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doering, C.; Ryan, B.; Bollhöfer, A.; Sellwood, J.; Fox, T.; Pfitzner, J. (2010). "Internal Report 586: Results of gamma dose rate surveys at remediated, former uranium mining and milling sites in the South Alligator River Valley". Canberra, Australia: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  2. ^ Francis, Adrienne (18 January 2007). "Uranium mining pioneer". ABC Rural: Northern Territory. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Uranium mining in the Alligator Rivers Region". Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  4. ^ "Decommissioning Data - Australia". WISE Uranium Project. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 

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