Thursday, May 19

Rare prehistoric gas leaks from the center of the Earth | Digital Trends Spanish


Helium-3, a strange gas formed just after the Big Bang, could be leaking from the Earth’s core, says research led by the University of New Mexico.

Scientists believe that Helium-3 was produced 13.8 billion years ago, about the same time as the universe. According to research, liters of this true “wonder of nature” escape from the center of our planet.

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Experts think that the fact that this prehistoric gas seeps out provides evidence about the early natural history of the Earth. “As a planet grows, it accumulates material from its surroundings, so its composition reflects the context in which it formed. To obtain high concentrations of Helium-3 deep in the core, the Earth would have to have formed within a thriving solar nebula, not on its fringes or during its waning phase.

The work was published in Advancing Earth and Space Science and explains where the reserves of Helium-3 are distributed on our planet. However, scientists don’t know how much of this prehistoric gas there is today.

“Each year about 2,000 grams of Helium-3 escapes from Earth, enough to fill a globe the size of your desk. It is a wonder of nature, and a clue to Earth’s history, that there is still a significant amount of this isotope in the Earth’s interior.”

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