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By Ordoh Staff. Published on Feb 20, 2014. 0
Researchers have found good amount of helium is escaping in the Yellowstone National Park from beneath the rocks. It is reported the gas is coming out from a vast store of gas trapped for million of years in the Earth’s crust.
The US Geological Survey’s Yellowstone Volcano Observatory research group said the amount of crustal helium that is coming out of the Earth’s crust is very vast and beyond the expectations of anyone.
Lead author of the study Jacob Lowenstern said the hydrothermal vents of the park releases mixture of gases that include neon, argon, methane, helium and also carbon dioxide.
Lowenstern is the scientist-in-charge at the US Geological Survey’s Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. He added the Yellowstone gysers are trapped within the supervolcano remains that had erupted about more than 2.1 million years ago.
According to a report in Livescience, the volcano had erupted from a blob of molten rock that rose to the surface from mantle.
Scientists say for about 2 billion years the supervolcano was stable and then it erupted. This time gave enough time to the rocks to accumulate helium. It is also said the accumulated helium was formed due to the decay of radioactive elements like the thorium and uranium. After the blob of magma got heated up, the helium found the crust from where to escape.
The new study is published in the Nature journal.
However, experts also say the helium is not so much that the park starts selling balloons.
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