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Which of the following countries is the leading producer of Iodine in the world?
1. Japan
2. U.S.A
3. Chile
4. China

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : Chile

The correct answer is Chile.

  • Chile is the world's largest iodine producer, with an estimated production volume of some 18,000 metric tons in 2019.
  • The second-largest global producer of iodine is Japan, which consistently produces around 9,000 metric tons annually.
  • The total global production of iodine (excluding the United States) amounted to an estimated 28,000 metric tons in 2019.
  • Inversely from production figures, Japan has the largest iodine reserves in the world, while Chile has the second-largest reserves.

  • The uses of Iodine-
    • It is an element with important nutritional uses, such as preventing iodine deficiency.
    • It is used as a catalyst in the production of acetic acid and polymers.
    • It is perhaps most widely known as an additive in table salt.
    • It is a type of mineral that's naturally found in the earth's soil and ocean waters.

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