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Fossil Fuels

Earth & Space Science

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You will get to 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 how fossil fuels are formed.

Everything You'll Have Covered

How was coal formed?

~ Coal was formed from the remains of plants that lived millions of years ago and were subjected to high levels of heat and pressure underground.

How is coal primarily used, and how much of the world's energy resources does it represent?

~ Coal is primarily used by industries for heating purposes. It accounts for about 20 percent of the energy resources used around the world.

How did oil and natural gas form, and what are some of their uses?

~ Oil and natural gas were formed by the remains of plants and animals that lived in the seas millions of years ago. Oil is commonly used to make detergents, plastics, fertilizers, and explosives, as well as gasoline and fuel. Natural gas is primarily used as a fuel source in homes and factories.

What are some of the negative environmental effects of using fossil fuels?

~ The burning of fossil fuels can lead to a number of environmental problems, including air and water pollution, acid rain, and global warming.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should have a general understanding of the following terms: detergent, fossil fuels, and gas.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary detergent, fossil fuels, gas