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5.7A Energy Resource

Processes that lead to the formation of sedimentary rocks and fossil fuels

TermDefinition
alternative energy energy resources useful to man that are considered alternatives or supplements to nonrenewable resources such as coal, oil, or natural gas
biofuels energy generated through the processing of renewable plant and animal materials
cementation the process of binding and hardening of sediments into hard rock
compaction process by which overlying pressure from rocks and soil reduces the size or volume of sediments
deposition the process by which weathered and eroded material is deposited by wind, water, or ice
erosion the process by which weathered material is moved by wind, water, or ice
fossil fuels fuels formed over millions of years from the remains of ancient plants and animals; examples include coal, petroleum (oil) and natural gas
geothermal energy energy for from heat found deep inside the Earth’s surface
hydroelectric energy energy generated for heat and electricity using the power of falling water or water moving through a dam
nonrenewable resources natural resources that are used up at a rate faster than they can be replaced
process of formation the method by which a substance or object is formed
solar energy energy from the Sun in the form of heat and light
weathering process by which exposed rock and other surfaces are broken down; may be caused by elements of weather (water, wind, ice) or other mechanisms
wild energy energy generated from the movement of air
Created by: AMurillo