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Geothermal Energy

Hotter at its core than the surface of the Sun, the Earth contains huge amounts of energy, called geothermal energy. It won't run out for billions of years, and we can make use of it from almost anywhere on the planet.

So why don't we see geothermal power plants and heat pumps everywhere? Check out this page for answers.

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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
Iceland: Geothermal Energy

Iceland: Geothermal Energy

Molten material rising towards the Earth's surface has turned Iceland into a country of volcanoes and boiling hot springs. The Icelanders have made full use of their geothermal treasure. More...

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United Nations
Tapping the Earth for Energy Savings Year-Round

Tapping the Earth for Energy Savings Year-Round

Getting geothermal heating and air conditioning for your home might seem like a great idea, but it's really expensive. Here's why a family went ahead with it anyway. More...

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NPR
10 Reasons to Use Geothermal Energy

10 Reasons to Use Geothermal Energy

Clean, abundant, and widely available, geothermal energy certainly has a lot going for it. More...

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Discovery
Geothermal Energy Facts

Geothermal Energy Facts

This site takes you from the center of the Earth to the power plant in California that can power 750,000 homes. You'll find tons of geothermal info here. More...

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Energy Education
Probing Question: What Heats the Earth’s Core?

Probing Question: What Heats the Earth’s Core?

Why is the Earth's core hotter than the surface of the Sun? This site lays out the 4 reasons for all of that heat. More...

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Phys.org
Geothermal Energy Pictures

Geothermal Energy Pictures

Geothermal energy is being put to use around the world. Here's a look at projects large and small. More...

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Discovery
Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal Heat Pumps

No matter how winter winds blow, or the summer sun bakes, the Earth maintains a mild constant temperature just beneath its surface. So, you can take advantage of geothermal energy almost anywhere. More...

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U.S. Department of Energy
Geothermal Power Facility Induces Earthquakes, Study Finds

Geothermal Power Facility Induces Earthquakes, Study Finds

Could pumping water into and out of the ground lead to earthquakes? Scientists believe this is happening in Southern California. More...

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University of California, Santa Cruz
The Power of Heat Is Right Under Your Feet!

The Power of Heat Is Right Under Your Feet!

With stuff you can find around the house, plus a pinwheel, you can make a model of a geothermal power plant. More...

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