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Nonrenewable resource a resource that forms at a rate that is much slower than the rate at which the resource is consumed
Fossil fuel a nonrenewable energy resource formed from the remains of organisms that lived long ago
Nuclear fission the process by which the nucleus of a heavy atom splits into two or more fragments; the process releases neutrons and energy
Nuclear fusion the process by which nuclei of small atoms combine to form a new, more massive nucleus; the process releases energy
Renewable resource a natural resource that can be replaced at the same rate at which the resource is consumed
Geothermal engery the energy produced by heat within Earth
Solar energy the energy received by the Earth from the sun in the form of radiation
Hydroelectric energy electrical energy produced by the flow of water
Biomass plant material, manure, or any other organic matter that is used as an energy source
Wind energy electrical energy produced by the movement of air over Earth’s surface