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Natural Resources, Fossil Fuels, and Alternative Resources

Natural Resources

Any natural substance,organism, or energy form that living things use.

Renewable Resource

A natural resource that can be used and replaced over a relatively short time.

Non-Renewable Resouce

Is a natural resource that cannot be replaced or can only be replaced over thousnada or millions of years.

Recycling

Is the process by which used or discarded materials are treated for reuse.

Energy Resources

Are natural resources that humans use to produce energy.

Petroleum

"Crude Oil" Is an oily mixtue of flammable organic compounds from which liquid fossil fuels and other products.

Natural Gas

Gaseous fuels.

Coal

Solid fosslil fuel formed underground from buried decomposed plant material.

Strip Mining

Process in which rock and soil are stripped from the Earth's surface to expose underlaying material.

Acid Precipatation

Rain or snow that has a high acid content due to air pollutants.

Smog

Is a photochemical fog produced by the reaction of sunlight and air pollutants.

Nucler Energy

Alternative source of energy that comes from the nuciel of atoms.

Solar Energy

Energy from the sun.

Wind Energy

Energy produced by wind.

Hydroelectric Energy

Energy produced by falling water.

Biomass

Organic matter that contains stored energy.

Gasohol

Alcohol and gasolione mixed.

Geothermal Energy

Energy from within the Earth.

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