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I was wondering if the resources needed to extract some amount of a mineral from ore goes up in way proportional to the percentage that mineral makes up of the ore.

I'm not sure I'm expressing things clearly so I'll give an example. Let's say you have three ores. The only major difference between them is the percentage of Uranium in them. Ore A has 300 parts per million uranium, Ore B has 30 parts per million Uranium and Ore C has 3 Parts per Million Uranium. You have the same amount of resources to extract Uranium from each ore which we will call X.

If X could be used to extract 300 pound of uranium from ore A, then does that mean it could extract 30 pounds of Uranium from ore B and 3 pound of Uranium from ore C?

Somehow it seems to me that this might not be the case when what you are trying to extract only makes up a very small percentage of the ore, but I don't know much about mining to feel any certainty, and I can't seem to find the answer using Google.