Natural Gas

By: Melody E. Lopez

How is Natural Gas formed and how is it used?

Plants and tiny sea animals were buried by sand and rock. Layers of mud, sand, plants, and animal matter continued to build up until the pressure and heat turned into oil and natural gas. Natural Gas is used as a fuel to produce steel, glass, paper, clothing, brick, and electricity. Also used for heating, cooking, and electricity generation.


  • The cleanest fossil fuel and a highly efficient from of energy.
  • It has fewer impurities
  • Less chemically complex
  • Its combustion generally


Like other fossil fuels, it still creates greenhouse gas emissions. In the sense of large scale use, gas from landfills would not be able to meet demand, and it would therefore be relying on the non-renewable forms of gas

Where is Natural Gas found most abundantly?

Often found near oil deposits. Deposits of natural gas close to the Earth's surface are usually dwarfed by nearby oil deposits.

Are there any harmful effects to the Earth from creating or using Natural Gas?

Due to these negative environmental effects, fracking has been criticized and banned in some areas.

Renewable or Non-renewable?

This resource is non-renewable, due to the long time it takes for them to be replenished. Here are some ways to conserve this energy.

  • Turn it off, turn it down, keep it clean
  • Pay attention to the thermostat
  • Check the ductwork for leaks