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Helium Video Prezi
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certain rocks Extraction Helium is used in trimix, a mix of air used in a diver's breathing gas. The mixture contains oxygen, helium, and nitrogen. This is used so that the mixture can be adjusted to the depth that the diver is going. The main reason that helium is added is because it reduces the proportion of nitrogen and oxygen. A lower amount of nitrogen helps reduce the affect of nitrogen narcosis while a lower amount of oxygen prevents oxygen toxicity. Helium is the second lightest gas, after hydrogen, so it is commonly used to float airships. The reason helium is used instead of hydrogen, is because helium is not only not flammable, but it is flame-retardant, unlike hydrogen, a highly flammable gas. People stopped using hydrogen to fill airships after accidents like the Hindenburg. Helium helps scientists in the dating of rocks that contains uranium and thorium. Uranium and thorium decay by shedding part of their proton and neutron. When this happen, helium and lead is created. By measuring the ratio of this special type of 206 lead to the uranium, the approximated date of the rock can be calculated. Cooling MRI scanners Controlled Atmospheres Helium is used to make controlled atmospheres, as it is an inert gas. It is used in the growing of geranium and silicon crystals (because they cannot be grown in the normal atmosphere), and other similar industrial applications. MRI stands for "Magnetic Resonance Imaging," and it requires very powerful electromagnets, which can only be brought to such a powerful state by achieving superconductivity with it. This has to be done by cooling the coils with liquid helium to very low temperatures. Misuses/Issues The issue with helium is that it is a very valuable gas that can be used for medical purposes and industrial applications, and it has been, and still is being squandered in party balloons. Terrestrial helium is close to being entirely depleted, which may force people to find alternatives for industrial and medical applications. Fortunately, people are looking to other sources of helium to harvest from. Alternative Helium Sources; Project Icarus Conclusion Helium Helium is a valuable resource that is NOT to be wasted. The only way that our supplies might last is if we don't waste it on unimportant things, but conserve it. There is trouble on the horizon so we have to be careful. Anyways, we hope you enjoyed our little video. Helium is found in concentrated quantities, where natural gas is extracted. It is available as a byproduct of oil as found under the American Great Plains. It is extracted through the process of gas liquefaction. This is when gas is cooled so that they naturally become a liquid and are easier to collect. Project Icarus is an interstellar spacecraft development program started by the British Interplanetary Society and the Tao Zero Foundation. Project Icarus is a fusion-powered spacecraft which would be able to travel at high speeds and a long distance without stopping. It is right now in development, being managed by Icarus Interstellar Inc, a non-profit-organization. Now what does this have to do with helium? One idea for Project Icarus is for it to be used to take a craft to Uranus and harvest helium from the atmosphere, as there is a high concentration of helium, and a very valuable and rare isotope of helium, known as helium-3.