Global emissions of helium-3 by subaerial volcanism Journal Article uri icon

DCO ID 11121/6402-8754-8051-9266-CC

year of publication

  • 2012


  • The emission rate of helium-3 by subaerial volcanism is re-evaluated by coupling He-3/CO2 ratios in volcanic gases with new estimate of the flux of carbon dioxide from both arc and non-arc volcanoes. Steady volcanic plume emissions are computed to supply 240-310 Mole He-3/yr, most of which is due to non-arc volcanoes. Major eruptions represent minor additions on average, whereas diffuse He-3 emanations through volcanic piles may be important sources. Although not including this contribution, the above figure is equivalent to 20-40% of the He-3 flux from mid-ocean ridges and, thus, suggests that primordial He-3 degassing from subaerial volcanic regions may be larger than expected. 

publication date

  • July 1992


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