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Environmental Science

The different parts of the world having varying amounts and types of natural resources and how the use of those resources impacts the environment quality.
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Petroleum
fossil fuel and material resource that formed deep in the Earth over millions from remains of ancient plants and animals; It is refined into products such as gasoline
Refine
in petroleum processing, to seperate petroleum into different substances
Reserves
supply of an energy resource, such as coal, petroleum, or natural gas
Fossil Fuels
fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas; formed over millions of years from the remains of ancient plants and animals
Natural Gas
a fossil fuel; flammable, odorless gas (mostly methane) found in Earth's crust
Coal
solid fossil fuel, formed deep within Earth over millions of years
Mining
Removes resources such as coal by digging into the Earth
Geothermal Energy
energy obtained from thermal energy inside Earth
Nuclear Energy
energy contained in the center, or nucleus, of an atom
Fission
Biology: process in single-cell organisms, in which one cell splits into two or more cells; Chemistry/Physics: splitting of the nucleus of an atom
Radioactive
element that gives off hugh-energy rays or particles
Biomass
Ecology: total mass of living organisms in a certain area; Resources: matter formed by plants or animals that is used as a fuel, such as wood or dung