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Ch. 4 Vocabulary: Renewable Energy Resources
iScience pages 110-118
Terms in this set (19)
materials or substances such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for human needs and activities
resources that are used faster than they can be replaced by natural processes.
resources that can be replaced by natural processes in a relatively short amount of time.
fossil fuel formed when the plants and trees in prehistoric swamps died, decomposed, and were subject to intense heat and pressure over millions of years.
oil and natural gas
fossil fuels that were formed from the remains of ocean plankton that died, settled out, decomposed, and were subject to intense heat and pressure over millions of years.
layers of rocks through which oil and natural gas cannot pass
nonrenewable energy sources that were formed from the remains of prehistoric organisms
the energy released from atomic reactions
the process that splits uranium atoms, releasing large amounts of thermal energy (heat)
Environmental Protection Agency
Used by appliances and electronic equipment that are plugged in 24 hours a day but not turned off.
Energy from the sun
The energy captured by transforming the motion of air into electrical energy using a turbine
A machine for producing electric and power in which a wheel or rotor is made to revolve by a fast-moving flow of water, steam, gas, or air.
Electricity generated by flowing water
Generating electricity using the movement of the tides.
Energy derived from the heat in the interior of the earth
Renewable energy derived from burning organic materials such as wood and alcohol
A group of wind turbines that produce electricity
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