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Helium is a very special element with a set of unique properties that dictate its many uses. Most of these uses relate to the cryogenic properties of helium. For many applications, there are no alternatives and it is indeed a strategic element. In this chapter, the uses of helium are discussed in terms of its properties. The amounts used for each application are discussed in terms of the total predicted reserves available, the origins of helium on Earth, the present extraction volumes and the possibility of exhausting the helium on Earth within the next 100–270 years.

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