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Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:59 PM | Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)

we were about to be out of helium
now we're not so fucked

Scientists have discovered a large helium gas field in Tanzania.

With world supplies running out, the find is a "game-changer", say geologists at Durham and Oxford universities.

Until now, the precious gas has been discovered only in small quantities during oil and gas drilling.

Using a new exploration approach, researchers found large quantities of helium within the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley.

They say resources in just one part of the Rift valley are enough to fill more than a million medical MRI scanners.

Prof Chris Ballentine, of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, said: "This is a game-changer for the future security of society's helium needs and similar finds in the future may not be far away."

Prof Jon Gluyas, of the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University, who collaborated on the project, said the price of helium had gone up 500% in the last 15 years.

"Helium is the second most abundant element in the Universe but it's exceedingly rare on Earth," Prof Gluyas told BBC News.

"Moreover, any helium that you do find if you're not careful, will escape, just like a party balloon it rises and rises in the atmosphere and eventually escapes the Earth's gravity altogether.

"It's used in a whole array of key instrumentation, particularly medical MRI scanning and so on, and so we have to keep finding more."

Volcanic clues

The researchers say volcanic activity in the Rift Valley releases helium buried in ancient rocks, which rises up and becomes trapped in shallower gas fields.

The amount of helium is estimated at more than 54 billion cubic feet - which could potentially meet global demand for several years.

The next step is to find the best place to drill to exploit the gas and bring it to the surface.

Category: Entertainment | 14 Comments
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06-28-16 - 05:27 PM
"Helium is the second most abundant element in the Universe but it's exceedingly rare on Earth," Prof Gluyas told BBC News.

06-28-16 - 05:36 PM
Originally posted by Goshin  

Front Page Article

we were about to be out of helium
now we're not so fucked

thank god we found more helium

now we can have more gay parades


celebrate good times amiright?
06-28-16 - 06:52 PM
That's right
06-28-16 - 06:57 PM
Always figured helium would go up in the atmosphere and stay somewhere up there. Didnt know it just kept going

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06-28-16 - 07:40 PM
It's odd that we just waste helium by using it in birthday balloons.
We should just use hydrogen instead. ;)
06-28-16 - 09:38 PM
The pops would be better
06-28-16 - 09:40 PM
Tazmanian Rift
06-28-16 - 09:55 PM
Oxygen is also escaping Earth very, very slowly.

This new discovery will supply our global helium needs for maybe 5 years. Oil and mining companies have always produced sufficient quantities, so it's not like there was ever a shortage. Earth is not likely to run out of helium for hundreds of years.

hello moto
06-28-16 - 10:48 PM
06-28-16 - 11:46 PM
I started a thread on escaping oxygen but the teedub won't let me search it. :(

hello moto
06-29-16 - 12:44 AM
Helium is people
06-29-16 - 02:05 AM
06-29-16 - 05:14 AM
This is why they used to build golden domes around planets.

So everyone could have a silly squeaky voice.
06-29-16 - 10:35 AM
must try have sex while inhale helium
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