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Sir Snaggalot!
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Icon 11 posted April 06, 2008 08:30      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
We must save the Donald Duck voice for our children and grandchildren! [Razz]

Actually, this is a pretty interesting problem!

Helium supplies endangered, threatening science and technology:

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Solid Nitrozanium SuperFan!
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Wow. that's actually quite serious.

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The most important of which is the element of surprise.

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Nah, it's not such a big deal. They're going to set a base on the moon, and there's lot of helium there. (They even talk of a rare isotope that could help create a fusion reactor.) So they'll just harvest it there, and send it to Earth. And it's renewable, too, as it comes from the sun, and just gets trapped in the moon soil.

Ok, chances are that would be harvested faster than it is created, but that'a a constant in human history, isn't it? [Mad]

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When fusion reactors became feasible helium would not be scarce anymore, but it seems we're not ready for it yet.

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Eh I don't find that to convincing. They will always know where more helium is it's just they don't want to tell us so that we can drive up the prices...
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There may be more helium reserves but you also need to factor in the cost for retrieving it. Think about the oil situation. Sure there are oil reserves that we haven't tapped yet but that's because it will cost more to do so and will drive the price up even more than it already is. The scarcity of an item is determined by how rare it is and how hard it is to get. If the demand for an item remains constant, the more scarce the item becomes, the higher the price will go.

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