Energy Resources

Renewable and Nonrenewable

Renewable Resources

There are many renewable energy resources in the world. Renewable energy resources are sources that are being replaced just as fast as they are being used. Wind is caused by uneven heating of the earths surface by the sun and is found by the warm air over the land that expands and rises and cool air takes into place. One example is wind energy, wind powers the wind turbines which turns kinetic energy into electric energy. Wind turbines don't pollute the air or water, however, they can be disruptive to wildlife.
How Wind Turbines Generate Electricity
This video shows how wind turbines generate electricity.

Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels are nonrenewable resources. Nonrenewable resources are sources getting used up faster than they are forming. There are 3 types of fossil fuels, they are coal, natural gas, and petroleum. Fossil fuels form from microscopic ocean organisms that died and sank to the ocean floor. Fossil fuels are found from the ground as liquids, gases, and solids. Coal is burned by electric power plants to heat buildings, and produce steel and concrete. Petroleum makes gasoline, fuel oil, diesel, and kerosene and is mainly used to power cars, trucks, and planes. Natural gas is used to heat about half the homes in the united states. Burning natural gas produces less pollution than burning other fossil fuels!

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