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The Impact of Energy Resources

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The Impact of Energy Resources

Earth & Space Science

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You get to learn about erosion, environmental pollutants, and our energy resources. Put that knowledge to good use by performing experiments to investigate the greenhouse effect and by designing a solar-powered car.

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Now You Know

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

  • Explain the impact of fossil fuels, nuclear energy, hydroelectric power, and wind energy on the environment.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.

Everything You'll Have Covered

How were fossil fuels formed?

~ Fossil fuels were formed by the decomposition of deceased organisms that were buried underground millions of years ago.

What is nuclear energy?

~ Nuclear energy is a type of energy that is harvested from the reactions that occur when certain atoms with heavy nuclei are smashed into atoms with lighter nuclei.

How can hydroelectric power plants be dangerous to the environment?

~ Hydroelectric power plants can be dangerous to the environment because they may cause a disturbance in the balance of the ecosystems in the rivers where they are constructed.

How is energy produced from wind?

~ Energy can be produced from wind through the use of large turbines that generate energy when they are rotated by the force of the wind.

Tutorial Details

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