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Main Title Helium The Disappearing Element / [electronic resource] :
Author "Bo" Sears, Jr., Wheeler M.
Publisher Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer,
Year Published 2015
Call Number TN260
ISBN 9783319151236
Subjects Geography ; Chemical engineering ; Geology, economic ; Mines and mineral resources ; Astrophysics
Internet Access
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Collation XIII, 138 p. 37 illus., 9 illus. in color. online resource.
Notes Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes Introduction -- What is Helium? -- Where Does Helium Come From? -- Foundations of Discovery -- Helium on Earth -- The Helium Industry -- Helium Today. The subject of the book is helium, the element, and its use in myriad applications including MRI machines, particle accelerators, space telescopes, and of course balloons and blimps. It was at the birth of our Universe, or the Big Bang, where the majority of cosmic helium was created; and stellar helium production continues. Although helium is the second most abundant element in the Universe, it is actually quite rare here on Earth and only exists because of radioactive elements deep within the Earth. This book includes a detailed history of the discovery of helium, of the commercial industry built around it, how the helium we actually encounter is produced within the Earth, and the state of the helium industry today. The gas that most people associate with birthday party balloons is running out. "Who cares?" you might ask. Well, without helium, MRI machines could not function, rockets could not go into space, particle accelerators such as those used by CERN could not operate, fiber optic cables would not exist, and semiconductor chips could not be made...the list goes on and on.
Place Published Cham
Corporate Au Added Ent SpringerLink (Online service)
Title Ser Add Ent SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences,
Host Item Entry Springer eBooks
PUB Date Free Form 2015
Series Title Untraced SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences,
BIB Level m
Medium computer
Content text
Carrier online resource
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
OCLC Time Stamp 20150219153436
Language eng
OCLC Rec Leader 03079nam a22005295i 45