Trivia Question 8/18/2011 Happy Birthday Helium

QUESTION:

Happy birthday Helium!  On August 18, 1868, French astronomer Jules Janssen first observed an unknown spectral signature in sunlight while observing a solar eclipse.

In what year were large reserves of natural Helium first identified in the United States?

Helium

ANSWER:

1903

EXPLANATION:

While it is the second most abundant element in the universe, Helium is relatively rare on earth.

After an oil drilling operation in Dexter, Kansas, produced a gas geyser that would not burn, geologists analyzing the gas found that a percentage was Helium.  This showed that despite its overall rarity on Earth, helium was concentrated in large quantities under the American Great Plains, available for extraction as a byproduct of natural gas.

This discovery took place in 1903 and enabled the United States to become the world’s leading supplier of helium.

NET CHECK IN’s:

We had a total of 29 check-ins to the Net tonight and 6 people got the correct answer to the Trivia Question.

Congratulations to the following folks who got the answer correct:

  • KI6GRC — Nacho
  • W6KLE — Don
  • KK6LP — Jeff
  • W6TCB — Kevin
  • AF6TT — Leon
  • WA6USL — Murray

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