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#16    socrates.junior

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:35 PM

To be more precise, they got the supply from tritium decay. No more nuclear weapons, means no more tritium, means no more helium.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:42 PM

View Postsocrates.junior, on 25 August 2010 - 06:35 PM, said:

To be more precise, they got the supply from tritium decay. No more nuclear weapons, means no more tritium, means no more helium.

The few pounds you get out of nuclear weapons really does not make any difference in the big picture. Balloon fliers use more every year.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 07:19 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 25 August 2010 - 06:31 PM, said:

From the gas and dust cloud of which the earth condensed. To do it again we would have to start a new Big Bang.
Surely everything has its origins then. And if the figure quoted by Wiky Pedia is right, there'd seem to be more than enough to go round. One suspects that this is just another attempt by American big business to monopolise the world's supply of something.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 07:27 PM

View Post747400, on 25 August 2010 - 07:19 PM, said:

Surely everything has its origins then. And if the figure quoted by Wiky Pedia is right, there'd seem to be more than enough to go round. One suspects that this is just another attempt by American big business to monopolise the world's supply of something.


Yes, but it is a matter of economics as well.  Is it cost efficient to exctract it?  We have been using the best and most cost efficient sources and when that is gone, the price will go up as it will become harder to obtain.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:04 PM

From what I read about Helium on Wikipedia, it is mostly produced by seperating it from natural gas, where it is created by natural radioactive decay. About 7% by mass is what it says. So as long as we have natural gas, we have helium. And from what I have read the natural gas supplies are expected to last 100 more years with the supply we know of now, at least in the USA.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 11:13 PM

All of you scientific minded people, fill a balloon with helium and what does it do?  People are getting more obese now, right?  Why?  Do you think that if they were taller they would be less obese or not at all?  Start pumping helium into the atmosphere.

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