"Uranium is the mineral of Apocalypse. It is a fearsome animal caged in this exotic metal. Hot as the sun, but one whose instabilities could be accurately charted and precisely aimed." - Tom Zoellner
Zholtye Vody, Ukraine, not only mined uranium but also enriched it to be used in weapons of mass destruction. Of a current population of 60,000, no less than 45,000 residents are listed on hospital records as sick from various radiation-related illnesses.