🔬Thorium is a radioactive metal that is one of the three most abundant radioactive metals in the Earth's crust.
🌍Thorium has a long half-life of more than 14 billion years, and it is believed to have been synthesized during a supernova or neutron star collision before the formation of the solar system.
🎇Thorium is frequently found in ores containing rare earth elements, such as monazite and gadolinite.
☢️Due to its high radioactivity, thorium was once used in various products, including gas lamps and camera lenses, but it is now considered unsafe and has been replaced with safer alternatives.
🛢️Although thorium has potential for use in nuclear power plants, there are currently no thorium fuel cycle reactors, and its production is not as cost-efficient as uranium fuel.