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New Method for Tapping into Helium Reserves

In addressing helium shortage issues, a new model has been proposed by researchers to tap into helium reserves. A recent study has found that there are reservoirs of helium, which have no carbon footprint, present in geological formations beneath the Earth, reported Down to Earth. Currently, helium production is related to drilled natural gas or oil, which has a high carbon footprint. The proposed model suggests an alternative method for tapping into helium reserves by targeting crystalline basement rocks. These dense rocks are found deep beneath the Earth's surface, extending from the mantle to the near-surface or surface, and naturally contain uranium and thorium. As these elements decay, they release helium, which can be produced and stored within the rocks.

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