Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Conserve ye helium while ye may...



... because before long it will cost a crap ton to buy it. Helium is not a renewable resource, and because it is needed for certain scientific activities that cannot work with other elements, we should maintain a stockpile again. What happened to our last stockpile? The government is selling it away, artificially lowering the price. We need to save this element for things that matter, not making a piece of rubber float around for a few minutes before a kid lets it go. Just wait until we have to start removing it from the atmosphere... that will be fun. Like the mythical tar sands of Canada.

Pop Sci

2 comments:

DTH Rocket said...

Interesting. What altitude does helium hang out at?

R2K said...

None altitude. There are tiny trace amounts in the atmosphere and oceans at all times, but too small to extract economically. We get our Helium under ground, and like oil, there is a limited supply. The re-supply mechanism is too slow (just like oil) to keep up with our use of it. So we will run out. Fact. So we need to ration it now and save it for things that matter. Balloons are pointless, can use hydrogen anyway, and are also bad for the environment as they typically wind up in nature anyway.