Station 5

Digital poster

Renewable and Non-renewable resources

FOSSIL FUELS

Energy resources formed from fossils


  1. obtained through- extracting them from the ground
  2. used- burned for energy
  3. impact- release harmful pollutants, greenhouse gases



SOLAR ENERGY

Energy from the sun


  1. obtained through- solar panels (photo-voltaic panels)
  2. used- to generate electricity
  3. impact- large areas have to be cleared in order to have space to place the solar panels, environmental destruction



HYDROELECTRIC

Energy from water in motion


  1. obtained through- falling water, water flowing through a dam which powers turbine
  2. used- light entire cites, generate electricity
  3. impact- disrupts natural ecosystems


GEOTHERMAL

Energy from a fault/boundary


  1. obtained through- obtaining heat from the earths interior
  2. used- aquaculture, generate electricity, food processing, providing heat for residential use
  3. impact- damage to natural geothermal features, subsidence, water pollution, released gases


WIND

Energy from the power of the wind


  1. obtained through- wind powering turbines
  2. used- mechanical powers, pumping water
  3. impact- takes up large amount of land


PEAT

Energy from the partially decayed vegetation


  1. obtained through- bogs and swamps
  2. used- it makes soils more fertile by adding nutrients and chemicals
  3. impact- fragmentation and destruction of swamp ecosystems, increase runoff, increase of organic pollution


COAL

Energy from the burning of sedimentary rock that has been formed from plant remains


  1. obtained through- surface mining and underground mining
  2. used- as an energy source for heat and electricity
  3. impact-erosion, pollutes water and air


OIL

Energy from the tiny marine organisms that have died


  1. obtained through- oil drilling, oil rigs
  2. used- transportation fuels, heating and electricity generation
  3. impact- oil spills, destroys ecosystems and affects wildlife


NATURAL GAS

Energy from the tiny marine organisms that have died


  1. obtained through- drilling, hydro-fracking
  2. used-source of energy for heating, cooking, and electricity generation
  3. impact- hazardous chemicals can escape, produces waster


PLUTONIUM/URANIUM

Energy from a chemical element rock


  1. obtained through-open pit mining, underground mining, in-Situ leaching
  2. used- nuclear reactors, bombs
  3. impact- health risk for workers, gamma radiation


WOOD

Energy from wood that has been harvested


  1. obtained through- Harvesting trees
  2. used- to provide paper, lumber, plywood, and furniture.
  3. impact- it provides resources, destroys ecosystems, and increases carbon dioxide levels.