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Franken-Namibe: The Yellowcake Factory Churning Through the Namib Desert

January 16, 2018

Namibe is a city on the coast of southern Angola at the northern tip of the Namib desert. As Angola goes through a massive mining boom, the eyes of industrialists are turning to the yellow sands of the vast Namib desert, to see how they can ravage it with various money-making ventures.


With over-enthusiastic support from the local government and with billions of yuan pouring in from Chinese investors, before too long soon, in about three decades from now, Namibe becomes a huge mobile factory Frankencity: 'Franken-Namibe'.


The city churns through rock and sand for uranium ore before processing first it into uranium-oxide, then into uranium metal, ready for export to any country daft enough to build new nuclear plants in the 21st century.



All this uranium mining involves great carbon dioxide emissions, great wastage of water resources, and a momentous risk from radioactivity to humans and animals; not to mention the giant ugly channels carved forever into the Namib. 


Anybody want to visit Franken-Namib?


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