Fossil Fuel Facts

Fossil Fuel Facts
Fossil fuels are essentially the remains of plants of animals. They provide us with a source of nonrenewable energy. Fossil fuels can either come in the form of an oil, coal, or natural gas. They are the result of the decomposition of dead plant and animal matter buried deep in the Earth's crust. These fossil fuels are then pumped from underground and used in a variety of ways.
Interesting Fossil Fuel Facts:
It takes millions of years for fossil fuels to develop.
The fossil fuels we use today began forming during the Carboniferous Period which was before dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
Oil, also called petroleum, is pumped from underground and can be turned into products such as gasoline and electricity.
If your house uses natural gas for cooking and heating, this is a form of a fossil fuel that lies underground usually above oil.
Coal is another fossil fuel used to generate electricity and is found closer to the Earth's surface.
Although fossil fuels are mainly used to make electricity, they are also used to power machines such as cars and planes.
Fossil fuels are nonrenewable which means they cannot be made by humans.
Fossil fuels in their natural form must first be burned in order to be used as electricity.
When fossil fuels are burned, they release unhealthy toxins into the air we breathe.
Around 90% of our energy comes from fossil fuels.
The energy stored in fossil fuels comes from the sun.
The main component of natural gas is methane which is highly flammable.
Natural gas has no smell so a chemical called mercaptan is added so that it can easily be detected.
Natural gas is pumped to houses by way of underground pipelines that connect directly to the natural gas source.
Although renewable sources of energy are better than nonrenewable sources of energy, we continue to use nonrenewable sources because they are easier to obtain.

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