Fossil Fuels

Fossil Fuels

What Fossil Fuels Represent?

    Fossil fuels represent carbon storage areas. Carbon that is locked in these fossil fuels does not cycle through the Earth. When humans burn fossil fuels, the stored carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

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Carbon Cycle

The Carbon Cycle

All living things are made of carbon. Carbon is also a part of the ocean, air, and even rocks. Because the Earth is a dynamic place, carbon does not stay still. It is on the move!

In the atmosphere, carbon is attached to some oxygen in a gas called carbon dioxide.

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How to minimize fossil fuel impact?

There are three primary methods for reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: employing energy efficiency and conservation practices; using carbon-free or reduced-carbon energy resources; and capturing and storing carbon either from fossil fuels or from the atmosphere.

Long Term Effects

There are three primary methods for reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: employing energy efficiency and conservation practices; using carbon-free or reduced-carbon energy resources; and capturing and storing carbon either from fossil fuels or from the atmosphere.
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