Argon and helium have no effect on anything or anyone. There is no impact on the environment. Because helium is so light, it basically floats away in the atmosphere. Argon lingers and accounts for around 0.9 percent of the gases in the Earth's atmosphere.
Heavier gases such as nitrogen and oxygen make up more than 95 percent of the atmosphere. They are important because they play a role in allowing us to breathe. Nitrogen helps plants grow and produces flowers, while oxygen feeds organisms that live in water like fish and trees.
Both nitrogen and oxygen are chemicals that can be found in foods like beans, peas, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, bananas, oranges, and milk. However, they also exist in wood, meat, fish, cheese, yogurt, and eggs. The amount of these gases in our atmosphere has always been about equal (around 20 parts per million) and has not changed over time.
The only way people can get more argon or helium is if they take them out of the Earth's atmosphere. Argon is used as a refrigerant in industrial applications and helium is used in medical imaging devices and as a fuel when burned.
People have tried to remove argon from the atmosphere by covering fields with plastic bags full of air.
Argon gas is a naturally occurring gas in the atmosphere. In well-ventilated settings, the gas will evaporate quickly. The effects of argon on plants and animals are unknown at this time. It is not predicted to have any negative effects on aquatic life. The DOT does not identify argon as a marine contaminant since it does not include any ozone damaging compounds (Department of Transportation, USA).
In the laboratory, argon has been shown to be effective in preventing mold growth if used in concentrations greater than 100 ppm. It has also been reported to have antimicrobial properties against bacteria, yeast, and fungus. These reports need to be confirmed by further research but could lead to uses for argon in the disinfection of medical devices or food products.
Argon is non-toxic; however, it is highly inert and cannot react with other chemicals or materials. It is therefore important that it is not released into the atmosphere in large quantities. Argon is released into the atmosphere from natural sources such as coal mines and volcanoes or from industrial processes such as welding or refrigeration repair work.
Argon is used as an inert gas in low concentrations (10-20%) in plasma cutting, welding, and abrasive blasting equipment to prevent heat damage to surrounding material. Increased attention is being given to the use of argon during laser surgery due to its ability to absorb light radiation. This makes it useful for keeping other tissues away from the laser beam while still allowing surgeons to see what they are doing.
Argon is a noble gas that has no chemical reactions with other elements. It doesn't even respond at high temperatures or under other unusual circumstances. Argon is a reactive gas because it will combine with other substances.
Argon will combine with oxygen to form oxigen, a potent greenhouse gas. When argon is used in high-pressure lamps, it can release energy in the form of light pulses known as "argon flashes". The flashes are visible under blacklight and are used by police officers to identify suspects after dark. They can also be used by photographers to expose photographic film without exposing the surrounding area to light.
When exposed to air, polyethylene bags will lose their strength over time due to oxidation. This can be prevented by treating the bag with acid or ozone before use.
The atmosphere contains about 0.93% oxygen by volume. Oxygen is one of two common gases that exist in three different states (gaseous, liquid, and solid). Only helium is more common. Most of the oxygen is found in gaseous form at sea level and at higher altitudes where it exists as ozone (O3). However, some oxygen is also present in liquid and solid forms below -185 degrees C and at higher elevations where it forms ice clouds.
Argon is a noble gas. Aside from nitrogen and oxygen, argon is the most prevalent gas in the atmosphere. Argon, like helium, is a noble gas, which means it is fully inert. Argon is several times more costly than nitrogen since it makes up such a small fraction of the environment. However, its inertness makes it useful in scientific experiments where other gases might damage equipment.
Argon was first discovered in 1894 by English scientist William Ramsay and Swedish chemist Gustaf Elery while investigating ways to preserve meat through freezing. They were looking for a replacement for oxygen when they made the discovery. Since then, it has been used as an inert blanket over explosive materials, in smoke detectors, and as filling inside balloons when floating them to observe atmospheric phenomena.
Nitrogen is the most common gas in the earth's atmosphere. It is also the simplest molecular nitrogen molecule. Oxygen is the second most common gas in Earth's atmosphere. It is also the most common oxidizing agent on our planet. Argon is much less common than either nitrogen or oxygen, but it does exist in the atmosphere.
Argon is not toxic but it can be irritating to your lungs if you breathe it in too deeply. You should never eat food that has been frozen in argon because even though it is frozen, the ice could contain traces of oxygen that would cause it to melt once it reaches room temperature.
The trouble is that the helium nucleus is so light that it cannot be held in place by our planet's gravity. When helium reaches our atmosphere, it departs into space and is lost to Earth, pushed along by the solar wind. The radioactive elements' disintegration restores the helium lost to the environment. This constant recycling ensures that there is enough helium to do all the interesting things that helium can do.
Helium is important because it occurs only in gaseous form at standard temperature and pressure. It is used as a lifting agent in aircraft wings and heat-shields for spacecraft. It is also used in medical imaging techniques such as CT scans and MRIs.
Earth's atmosphere contains about 0.5% helium by mass. The remaining 99.5% is mostly nitrogen with some oxygen and trace amounts of other gases. The presence of helium was first noticed when astronomers observed stars much more luminous than the Sun. Helium burns with a bright blue color, whereas oxygen and other elements are red. This difference in color allows us to identify the presence of helium in a star sample for which we only have spectral data (color).
Argon is an inert gas found in the atmosphere, which means we inhale some of it every day. It's non-toxic and commonly used as a filler agent in pressurized containers and welding gas mixes. It has no odor, flavor, or color. Several inert gases have been discovered to be effective insulators. Argon is one of them.
Insulators prevent the flow of electricity through a material. The human body is a good electrical conductor; if you wear a wire from your chest hair to your shoe heel, you'll find that it can be quite conductive. This is why doctors use rubber bands to attach retinal electrodes to patients' eyes: They want to avoid shocking the patient by sending a current through their skin. The same thing happens when you walk on carpet with a metal floor meter attached to it. The needle will swing from left to right because people tend to step where there's no flooring. If you want to test electrical wiring for damage, you need an electrically sensitive tool. Tape measures and screwdrivers work well for this purpose.
The magnetic field around a current-carrying conductor such as an electric cable creates a second type of insulation called magnetic insulation. This means that the closer that cable is run to iron objects, the more difficult it will be to measure its resistance. Magnetic insulation comes in two forms: shielding and ferrotyping. Cable that has had its covering of steel wool removed is shown in Figure 1 below.