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Natural Resources Word List
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energy, as solar, wind, or nuclear energy, that can replace or supplement traditional fossil-fuel sources, as coal, oil, and natural gas.
Fuel produced from renewable resources, especially plant biomass, vegetable oils, and treated municipal and industrial wastes
sedimentary rock formed from decayed plant material; the world's most abundant fossil fuel.
The remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil.
A nonrenewable type of fuel formed from the the remains of plants or sea creatures millions of years ago.
A type of energy that can be produced when heat from inside of the earth is used.
The use of mechanical energy of falling or running water to generate usable electricity.
A fossil fuel which comes from the ground, is thin like air and burns; used to produce heat for furnaces, water heaters, ranges.
anything from the natural environment that people use to meet their needs
available only in limited amounts and is not replaced or recycled by natural processes (ex. topsoil, aluminum, tin, silver, gold, copper)
also known as "crude oil", this is formed from the remains of once-living creatures
Resources, such as water and trees, that can be replaced by natural processes in 100 years or less
Rocks that are formed by sediments that have been deposited by water, wind, or ice and are pressed and cemented into rocks.
sources of power that come from light or the sun
the movement of air over Earth's surface
the process of binding and hardening of sediments into rock
process by which overlying pressure from rocks and soil reduces the size or volume of sediments
Plant materials and animal waste used especially as a source of fuel.
Partially decayed plant matter in swamps and bogs; an important source of fuel in which, under certain conditions, will turn into coal over long periods of time.
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