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Fossil Energy

Fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas) didn't form from dinosaurs. They formed from plants and animals that lived millions of years before the dinosaurs.

So how did these incredibly ancient organisms turn into fuel? And how much more coal, oil, and natural gas can we use before we pay a terrible price? Pump up your knowledge of fossil fuels here.

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Welcome to Energyville

Welcome to Energyville

Energy: It's what runs the world (not to mention the economy). Can you find the right mix of fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewables like wind, solar, and hydropower to provide for your city? More...

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Burning Biofuels: Comparing Nonrenewable and Renewable Fuels

Burning Biofuels: Comparing Nonrenewable and Renewable Fuels

Calling all pyromaniacs! Here’s your chance to burn stuff — with adult supervision, of course. You'll be burning biofuels and fossil fuels to compare how much energy they release. More...

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Energy Resources

Energy Resources

The energy to power our homes and vehicles comes from many different sources. From corn biomass and coal mining to geothermal and natural gas power plants, explore them with this photo gallery. More...

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National Geographic
A Guide to the Energy of the Earth

A Guide to the Energy of the Earth

Examine the many ways energy cycles through our planet and its systems — from the Sun to our food chain to electricity and beyond. More...

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The Chemistry of Life: Oil’s Many Uses

The Chemistry of Life: Oil’s Many Uses

Polyester clothes, plastic bottles, nylon stockings, vinyl siding, fertilizers, and many, many other products are made using petroleum. More...

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LiveScience
Coal and Oil Formation

Coal and Oil Formation

It took millions of years for plants and plankton to turn into coal, oil and natural gas. But you can watch it happen in seconds with this interactive resource. More...

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Chinese University of Hong Kong
Coal Mining

Coal Mining

Coal provides 40% of the world's electricity. But getting it out of the ground isn't easy, even with the monster machines you'll see here. More...

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Coal vs. Natural Gas Quiz

Though coal and natural gas are both fossil fuels, they are very different in their effect on the environment. Test your knowledge of these resources with this quiz. More...

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National Geographic
Could Tapping Undersea Methane Lead to a New Gas Boom?

Could Tapping Undersea Methane Lead to a New Gas Boom?

Imagine ice that burns. Meet methane hydrates. There may be enough of them to fuel the U.S. for decades. More...

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NPR
Fossil Fuels Photo Essay

Fossil Fuels Photo Essay

Here's a look at oil wells and refineries, but also at oil seeps, oil sands, methane hydrates, and peat. Captions explain the images. More...

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About.com
Fossil Fuels: Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas

Fossil Fuels: Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas

After introducing fossil fuels, this site zeroes in on the 3 major kinds, plus the many uses of oil. More...

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California Energy Commission
Good Gas, Bad Gas

Good Gas, Bad Gas

Methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, is the cleanest burning fossil fuel. And we've got loads of it, thanks to a drilling technique called "fracking." But methane has a dark side, too. More...

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National Geographic
Peak Fossil Fuels

Peak Fossil Fuels

Running out of fossils fuels is not like using up a quart of milk. We will run out, but long before that, we'll be in big trouble. More...

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University of Victoria
Science Career: Petroleum Engineer

Science Career: Petroleum Engineer

The world needs petroleum engineers as much as it needs petroleum, which is to say, a lot. Note that you'll need a 4-year engineering degree to qualify! More...

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Types of Engineering

Types of Engineering

Explore the variety of engineering careers — aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer hardware or software, electrical, environmental, geological, nuclear, and petroleum. More...

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