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Science of Fossil Fuels in Hurricanes

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The Science of Fossil Fuels By: Helen Kim 4th Period Ms. Hudson Hurricane Project Part 2 "Fossil Fuels are hydrocarbons such as coal, oil and natural gas, sourced from the organic remains of prehistoric organisms" (Shepherd). When fossil fuels are heated, they release energy that can produce electricity. Oil and gas are formed from ocean organisms' remains. It takes millions of years for organisms to be turned into fossil fuels. "Petroleum, natural gas, and coal are the main sources of energy for modern use" (Westbroek). ...read more.

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(Utah Mining Association) There are four types of coal: lignite, subbituminous, bituminous, and anthracite. Lignite is a brownish - black coal with high moisture and ash content. When the lignite is put under more pressure, it forms a subbituminous coal. This kind of coal is a dull black color, and heats better than a lignite. When the subbituminous coal is put under even more pressure; it forms a bituminous, or soft, coal. It has a higher heating value than the lignite and the subbituminous. ...read more.

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America has more coal than any other resource. In fact, 38 out of the 50 states have coal. Coal has the longest history from the other resources. "Natural gas and crude oil can be found in many places around the world, such as the Middle East (about 70 per cent of the world's known resources of oil), the USA and under the North Sea off the coast of the UK" (Science online). However, our fossil fuels take millions of years to form, so they cannot be replaced very easily. We are running out of our non-renewable energy. ...read more.

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