Huge helium gas field found in Tanzania

Researchers in Britain say they have discovered a huge helium gas field in Africa that they call a “game-changer for the future security of society’s helium needs.”

Tuesday’s statement by Oxford University says the discovery in Tanzania is the result of a new exploration approach for the precious gas that is critical to spacecraft, MRI scanners and nuclear energy.  more here

16 Comments on Huge helium gas field found in Tanzania

  1. In the immortal words(and accent) of Daffy Duck, “Watch it bub”

    For those of you who have never huffed helium, you won’t get it.

  2. In other news a large methane gas field has been discovered in the area of the first lady’s posterior.

  3. There you go.
    Maybe they can build some fooking infrastructure already.
    Colonize that bitch and civilize those lazy bastards
    Bout time somebody had a reason to set foot there

  4. @ho72

    Ho72 is right. There is a shortage of helium I found this out when I wanted to pass out balloons for kids at a fair. The US used to have stockpiles and it’s difficult to manage and store. The government, when it lost military interest in blimps way back when, decided to get out of the helium business. Now it turns out it has other uses than was known back then.

  5. The earth manufactures helium and will continue to do so for millions of years.
    We also know how to make it through nuclear fusion. When the anti nuclear crowd gets their welfare payments shut off and have to get real jobs fusion reactors will be producing so much Helium that the left will classify it as a pollutant.

  6. IIRC, the only other place in the world where helium is found is the USA, so I guess that is why the discovery is a “game changer for the future security of society’s helium needs”. Translated: “the enemies of freedom don’t have to ask us for helium”.

  7. If you are a deep scuba diver, helium is a significant part of your gas mix. Biggest jaw dropping moment of my dive life was when switching from air to a helium mix at depth and suddenly realizing how impaired I was. It was like the world went from low resolution analogue signal to 4K in a single inhalation.

  8. Helium comes from the Alpha decay of radioactive elements.
    If there’s a lot of Helium, then it’s a pretty huge deposit of Uranium and all the decay elements down to Lead. They better grab it quick, though, or it’ll just shoot off into outer space (cuz of it’s temperature, not cuz it’s lighter than air).

    izlamo delenda est …

  9. “Society” has “helium needs”?
    Last time I had a helium need was when a balloon my parents had bought me started sagging when I was 6. Didn’t get any then and I managed to survive; sure don’t need any now.

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