Science: Unique Well

The stuff that came whooshing up out of the newly drilled well was—believe it or not—pure nitrogen. It may be, reports Nebraska Geologist Harold J. Cook in Science, the first nitrogen well ever struck. Drillers were hunting water on an eastern Wyoming ranch when, at a depth of only 156 ft., gas whistled up.

No less than 78.03% of the air is nitrogen—which is used as a constituent of many explosives and fertilizers—but a well yielding undiluted nitrogen may prove useful. This one has been capped until its uses can be explored.

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