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natural resources that humans use to produce energy.
a solid, hard black substance that burns and gives off heat. Coal is composed mostly of carbon. It is formed from partly decayed vegetable matter under great pressure and heat in the earth.
liquid fossil fuel formed from marine organisms that is burned to obtain energy and used in the manufacture of plastics
A resource that is used in heating systems, in stoves, ovens, and some vehicles. It is the cleanest burning fossil fuel.
power produced by the splitting of atoms to produces steam to turn turbines to produce electricity
plant materials and animal waste used as fuel
Renewable energy produced by the wind.turning a generator to produce electricity
The use of the kinetic energy in moving water such as rivers or tidal currents to generate electricity
Energy from steam or hot water produced from hot or molten underground rocks.
energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy
An energy resource that is replaceable by natural means such as trees or wind
An energy resource that takes milions of years to form from the remains of plants and animals such as coal, oil, and natural gas
A natural fuel such as coal, oil, or gas formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms
A thick, flammable, yellow-to-black mixture of gaseous, liquid, and solid hydrocarbons that occurs naturally beneath Earth's surface
The ability to do work or cause change
A gasoline alternative manufactured from the conversion of carbon-based feed stocks (plants) such as sugar cane, sugar beets, switch grass, corn, and barley. An alternative from petroleum-based fuels
The presence of harmful or unwanted levels of material in the environment
Disposal site for solid waste
A form of air pollution in which gases are added to the atmosphere that prevent the release of heat energy
The act of processing things that have been used so that they may be used again
Examples: geothermal energy, wind energy, solar energy