Trent Science - Ch. 8 vocabulary

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Trent Science - Ch. 8 vocabulary
2013-10-21 19:07:05
fossil fuels

fossil fuels
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  1. fossil fuel
    nonrenewable energy resource, such as oil and coal, formed over millions of years from remains of dead plants and other organisms
  2. coal
    sedimentary rock formed from decayed plant material; world's most abundant fossil fuel
  3. oil
    liquid fossil fuel formed from marine organism that is burned to obtain energy and used in the manufacture of plastics
  4. natural gas
    fossil fuel formed from marine organisms that is often found in titled or folded rock layers and is used for heating and cooking
  5. reserve
    amount of fossil fuel that can be extracted from Earth at a profit using current technology
  6. nuclear energy
    alternative energy source that is based on atomic fission
  7. solar energy
    energy from the sun that is clean, inexhaustible, and can be transformed into electricity by solar cells
  8. wind farm
    area where many windmills use wind to generate electricity
  9. hydroelectric energy
    electricity produced by water power using large dams in a river
  10. geothermal energy
    inexhaustible energy resource that uses hot magma or hot, dry rocks from below Earth's surface to generate electricity
  11. biomass energy
    renewable energy derived from burning organic materials such as wood and alcohol
  12. mineral resource
    resource from which metals are obtained
  13. ore
    material that contains enough of a useful metal that it can be mined and sold at a profit
  14. recycling
    conservation method in which old materials are processed to make new ones