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"Have you ever seen a fossil? A fossil is any evidence of past life preserved in sediments or rocks. Do you think you could have dinosaur fossils in your family car’s gas tank? Did you ever hear that oil and natural gas are “fossil fuels”? Do you think oil and natural gas can be made from...
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Locating crucial energy resources involves examining phenomena under, on, and above Earth’s surface. Some of these phenomena change frequently, such as winds. Others, such as oil and coal deposits, are products of long series of geologic processes. Yet all are geographic in nature — they occur...
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Earth: The Operator's Manual is changing how people think about energy and climate issues. Downloadable videos, activities and enriching tools you can use in your classroom. Roll up your sleeves and dig in with us on clean energy, climate change, and your sustainable energy future.
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What factors affect how easily a fluid can move through sediments? How is this flow rate connected to oil production? Many people think that oil lies in big pools below Earth's surface. Oil actually is located in the pores within rocks (called “source rocks”). When the pores are...
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Where would we be without petroleum? You can kiss lipstick goodbye! Not only does petroleum provide fuel to run our vehicles, cook our food, heat our homes, and generate electricity, it is also used in plastics, medicines, food items, and countless other products, from aspirin to umbrellas and, yes...
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Most people associate petroleum with transportation — but we are surrounded by thousands of other everyday products that come from this vital natural resource. A typical 42, gallon barrel of crude oil yields about 20 gallons of gasoline and 4 gallons of jet fuel. What products come from the...
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"Since 1970, oil and natural gas have provided more than half of the energy used each year in the United States to produce electricity, heat, transportation fuels, and many everyday products from balloons to vitamins. Oil and natural gas are forms of petroleum, a word that literally means...
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Natural gas, which is mostly methane, is an energy resource used for generating electricity and heating, powering transportation, and manufacturing products. Right now, one-quarter of the world's energy comes from natural gas. Natural gas formation, one of the processes occurring on our...
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"Since 1970, oil and natural gas have provided more than half of the energy used each year in the United States to produce electricity, heat, transportation fuels, and many everyday products from balloons to vitamins. Oil and natural gas are forms of petroleum, a word that literally means...
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In this activity, students create a working model of an oil pump. Artificial lifting systems, or pumping units, are used to help pull oil out of reservoir rock and pump it up a well. A down hole pump in the well is connected to the pumping unit by steel rods, which are screwed together. The pump is...
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"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...
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Oil, also called petroleum, is a naturally occurring liquid formed from dead marine microorganisms. It is usually black or dark brown in color, but can vary from yellow to greenish. It is an organic substance and consists of several hydrocarbons (compounds made of hydrogen and carbon). It is...
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The US Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy is excited to present printable study guides and activities emphasizing the importance of coal, natural gas, and petroleum to our everyday lives. More importantly, we hope to familiarize students with the science and technologies that make using...
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