Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used To Make Cleaner Coal


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Coal washing can remove impurities such as sulfur and nitrogen from coal before it is burned. If these impurities are released into the atmosphere, they can combine with water vapor to form which of the following?

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1. Which of the following clean coal technologies involves trapping carbon dioxide and transporting it permanently to underground areas?

2. _____ reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by restricting oxygen and manipulating the combustion process.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Coal is a relatively cheap and abundant source of energy, and it's getting some help from technology in preventing the damage that burning this fuel unleashes on the environment. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the negative impacts of coal and how a range of new technologies may allow countries to continue to tap the massive reserves of this resource to generate electricity without fear of harming human health and the environment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The result of sulfur and nitrogen released from burning coal
  • The technology used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal
  • The benefit of Low NOx burners
  • The process by which trapped carbon dioxide heats the Earth's surface and atmosphere
  • The technology used to generate electricity via gas turbines

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on coal mining and clean-coal technologies
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms such as greenhouse effect and carbon capture and storage
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of coal and its environmental impacts to answer questions about the problems new technologies may solve
  • Making connections - examine the benefits of being able to safely exploit coal as an energy source

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on coal mining, its environmental impacts and new technologies. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the different toxins burning coal releases into the atmosphere
  • Review how coal contributes to acid rain and the Greenhouse Effect
  • Know the advantages of coal as an energy resource
  • Explore the range of technologies that can help coal burn safely
  • Understand the limitations of carbon capture and storage technology