Energy Resources: Coal

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Summary:Coal is an organic sedimentary rock that is formed by the compaction and hardening of plant remains. Because coal is mostly composed of carbon, it is a rock that burns in air. The heat that is released by burning coal is used as the primary source of energy for the generation of electricity. About 93 percent of the coal consumed in the United States is used for producing electric power. Coal has many industrial uses including the production of metal, cement and paper. This site gives background formation about coal, as well as activities surrounding the substance. Activities include learning about coal resources, production and consumption, and acid rain.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: coal; energy; energy resources; environment; environmental science; geology; metal; mineral resources; minerals; mining; pollution; rocks
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