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Energy Sources: The Sun

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Energy Sources: The Sun

Earth & Space Science

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You will discover and learn about natural resources by focusing on renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy. To test your understanding, you will then be responsible for meetingthe energy needs of a small island.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain that the sun is the most important energy source.
  • Explain that the sun is a clean and renewable energy source.

Everything You'll Have Covered

Why is sunlight one of the cleanest methods of energy production available?

~ Sunlight is one of the cleanest methods of energy production because it does not need to be searched for, mined, extracted, transported, combusted, transmitted, or imported. It is always available.

What are the key advantages of solar energy?

~ Solar energy is clean. It is also a renewable energy resource. This means that it is an inexhaustible resource and will be available as long as the sun is present. Another advantage is that solar energy does not produce hazardous environmental waste.

Why is the sun thought to be the most important energy source?

~ The sun is thought to be the most important energy source because it provides heat for humans and animals. Additionally, sunlight is required to grow plants that humans and animals consume. Also, solar energy can generate electricity in a clean manner and is a renewable resource that is always available.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the following terms: energy, energy source, and inexhaustible energy resource.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary energy, energy source, inexhaustible energy resource