Energy Resources: Natural Gas

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Summary:"Natural gas consists mainly of a single organic compound called methane. Methane is composed of one carbon and four hydrogen atoms (CH4). Natural gas is both colorless and odorless. Natural gas is a fossil fuel, like petroleum, and often occurs in the same reservoir. It is typically found underground in certain sedimentary rocks. As a source of energy, it has several important properties. It is readily combustible, gives off few emissions, and is fairly abundant in the United States. It is important to recognize that natural gas is different from the gasoline used in cars. It is also different from the gas (propane) used in barbecues and for heating. This gas contains an additive which gives it a """"""""rotten eggs"""""""" smell so that leakages can be detected. This site lists information about natural gas, as well as three activities for: resevoir volume, gases dissolved in liquids, and properties of fluids in resevoirs."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: energy; natural gas; natural resources; oil and gas
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