It's up, up and away for ancient trapped helium at Yellowstone

February 19, 2014 9:00 PM

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It's up, up and away for ancient trapped helium at Yellowstone

Talk about passing gas: Vast stores of helium are escaping from the steam vents and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park after being trapped within Earth's crust for up to 2 billion years, according to new research.

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey determined that the famed national park was releasing hundreds -- if not thousands -- of times more helium than anticipated.

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