Helium deposits found could be a game changer in the industry

The deposits have been running low of late as the uses of Helium increase.
By Alex Bourque | Aug 14, 2016
Helium is a naturally occurring gas. It is one of the most abundantly found in the universe, but ironically, it is one of the rarest on earth. It is only about 5 parts per million. The deposits have been running low of late as the uses of Helium increase.

For a long time, the natural gas has been primarily used to fill up party balloons. However, it is now being used intensively in MRI scanning and helping in the process of super liquid cooling. This has made the gas more in demand as the science and technology communities understand more about it.

Ever since the privatization of the biggest Helium deposit in the world in Texas, Helium has been viewed as an endangered gas. Experts have projected that it would run out in around 25 years and result in imbalance the gasses balance in the process.

However, Diveena Danabalan, a graduate student at Durham University has discovered large deposited of the gas in Tanzania, East Africa. "We sampled helium gas (and nitrogen) just bubbling out of the ground in the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley," he 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."

But the scientists did admit that they are not out of the woods yet. He said that they would have to study the purity of the gas first. Since the deposits are near an active volcanic area, extracting the Helium from the volatile mix may prove difficult. They must first see if it is economically viable to mine the gas before hand,

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