When the uranium is mined, there are two ways of doing it. Uranium is found in rock called uranium ore. The first way it can be extracted is underground or above ground. The ore can go through one of these three processes like, blasting, drilling, or picking and shoveling. This way is called conventional open-pit or underground mining ("Fact Sheet on Uranium", 2010).
The second way is called In-Situ-Leaching. It uses a chemical process to separate the uranium from the ore. A chemical solution is injected into the drilled ore and the liquid makes the uranium fall out ("Fact Sheet on Uranium", 2010).