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Energy Sources

Energy The ability to cause change.
Energy Resource a source or supply of energy that can be used to generate electrical power to meet people's needs.
Renewable An energy resource such as trees or wind that is replaced by natural means.
Nonrenewable An energy resource that takes millions of years to form from the remains of plants and animals, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
Fossil Fuel A natural non-renewable fuel such as coal, oil, or natural gas formed over a very long time in the geological past from the remains of living organisms.
Coal A hard, black, solid fuel formed from the remains of plants over millions of years and extracted from the ground; a nonrenewable fossil fuel.
Petroleum (Oil) a flammable, yellow-to-black liquid composed of hydrocarbons occurring naturally beneath Earth's surface; a nonrenewable fossil fuel processed to make gasoline used in vehicles.
Natural Gas A gas, usually found in the ground positioned above petroleum deposits, that is burned to obtain energy; a nonrenewable fossil fuel.
Nuclear Power the splitting of uranium atoms to release energy. Uranium is found in some minerals and is classified as a nonrenewable natural resource.
Biomass Biological material such as plant material or animal waste converted to a usable energy source; a renewable resource.
Wind Energy Turbines harness the movement of air and convert it to usable energy; wind energy is a renewable resource.
Hydropower Movement of water through a dam in a river is converted to usable energy; hydropower is a renewable resource.
Geothermal Energy Heat is harnessed from deep beneath Earth's surface and converted to usable energy; geothermal energy is a renewable resource.
Solar Resources The Sun's energy is collected and converted to usable energy; solar energy is a renewable resource.
Pollution The presence of harmful or unwanted levels of material in the environment.
Landfill Disposal site for solid waste.
Greenhouse Gases Greenhouse gases are gases in an atmosphere that absorb and retain heat energy. In moderation these gases insulate a planet from extreme temperature variations; high amounts cause air pollution and overheat the planet.
Recycling Reduce: Make smart purchasing decisions that result in less waste and packaging.
Reuse: Find ways to reuse containers and products
Recycle: Properly dispose of used resources so they can be reprocessed into new products.
Conservation Efforts to wisely use, distribute, and protect valuable resources such as fresh water, soil, unique environments, and energy resources, as well as natural and human-made materials.
Created by: whiteley64