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The Main Extraction: Helium Production in the US

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Helium, especially highly purified versions, has been increasingly in demand globally for its usefulness in high tech applications, such as in microchip and flat panel display manufacturing or as a coolant for magnets in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, particle accelerators, and fiber optics manufacturing. Here is a brief history of helium production in the US: 1903 Helium discovered underground in Kansas as a gas that won't burn. 1914-18 The gas is used during WWI as a safe, noncombustible alternative to hydrogen in dirigibles, among other government applications. ...Read full article

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