Did you know there were Radioactive minerals that where discovered in the Hurungwe District.
In 1957 the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) carried out airborne radiometric surveys and identified areas with sharp anomalies of radioactive minerals. Thorium bearing monazite residues were discovered in these sites though no uranium mineralisation was reported. These areas were then pegged by UKAEA and some other individual prospectors though no mining activities have ever been carried out to date.
Thorium is a highly radioactive metal and could be used as a replacement for uranium in nuclear power generation. Monazite, therefore, is an extremely important ore mineral. Monazite is radioactive, sometimes highly radioactive, and specimens are often metamict.