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Ch 34: Natural Resources

About This Chapter

Watch these video lessons about natural resources - learn about types of energy, as well as advantages and disadvantages of their use. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Natural Resources - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

There are numerous types of natural resources used for energy production. In these lessons, you'll gain a broad overview of traditional fuels, renewable energy sources, and unconventional fossil fuels (such as shale gas). An experienced life science instructor will present the pros and cons of these energy types, and offer a detailed look at energy consumption and how it varies around the globe. This chapter is designed to teach you:

  • Types of fossil fuels
  • Types of renewable energy sources
  • Risks and advantages associated with energy types
  • How energy consumption varies between developing and developed countries

Video Objective
What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages, and Disadvantages Identify and describe the types of fossil fuels; compare and contrast benefits and risks.
Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons Define biomass, and describe how it's used as a renewable source of energy; list the advantages and disadvantages.
Wind Energy: Pros and Cons Define wind energy; discuss the positive and negative aspects of harnessing and using it.
Hydropower: Pros and Cons Define hydropower; outline the plusses and minuses of it.
Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages Define geothermal energy; describe the benefits and drawbacks.
Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences Explain the difference between these two concepts and provide examples.
Conserving Energy at Home: How to Be More Energy Efficient List methods of home energy conservation.
Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations Compare per person and total energy consumption by type of country.
Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used To Make Cleaner Coal Identify common environmental effects of coal mining; discuss clean coal technologies.
Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction, and Use Discuss location, access, outlook, and usage of these energy reserves.
Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns Discuss unconventional fossil fuels, the hydraulic fracturing process, and pros and cons.
Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns Describe issues related to the operation of nuclear power plants and storage of radioactive waste products.

12 Lessons in Chapter 34: Natural Resources
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What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

1. What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Fossil fuels are sources of energy that have developed within the earth over millions of years. Because fossil fuels - oil, natural gas, and coal - take so long to form, they are considered nonrenewable. Learn more about these fuels, including the pros and cons of using them.

Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

2. Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

Biomass is organic material that can be used to generate heat, electricity, and even fuel. In this lesson, you will learn about the advantages of this abundant and renewable energy source as well as the disadvantages.

Wind Energy: Pros and Cons

3. Wind Energy: Pros and Cons

Wind energy is a renewable form of energy that involves harnessing the natural energy of the wind. Learn how wind is used to generate electricity and the pros and cons of this energy source.

Hydropower: Pros and Cons

4. Hydropower: Pros and Cons

Hydropower is power generated from moving water. Learn how this energy from water can be harnessed by hydropower plants to generate electricity as well as the pros and cons of this renewable energy source.

Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

5. Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

Geothermal energy is heat energy that is stored within the earth. Learn the methods being used to tap into this thermal energy to heat buildings and generate electricity as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this renewable energy source.

Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences

6. Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences

Saving energy is an important topic, but energy conservation and energy efficiency are not the same thing. Learn what the difference is and some examples of both energy conservation and energy efficiency.

Conserving Energy at Home: How to Be More Energy Efficient

7. Conserving Energy at Home: How to Be More Energy Efficient

Are you wondering how to make your home more energy efficient? Follow these measures to conserve energy, prevent energy loss, and make your home more comfortable, all while saving money.

Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations

8. Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations

Energy consumption is greater in developed nations than in developing nations. However, as the economy of a developing nation improves, the global energy consumption increases. Learn more about the differences in energy consumption around the world.

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

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

Coal is an abundant fuel source, but burning coal is problematic for the environment. In this lesson, you will learn about clean coal technologies, such as coal washing, flue gas desulfurization systems, low-NOx burners, gasification, and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

10. Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

Oil and natural gas reserves are found underground and must be extracted using a drilling method. In this lesson you will learn about the many uses of oil and natural gas, the availability of these valuable resources and how they are extracted.

Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns

11. Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns

Shale gas is a type of natural gas that is found trapped within sedimentary rock. It is extracted using a procedure called hydraulic fracturing. In this lesson, you will learn about hydraulic fracturing and the environmental concerns raised by use of this extraction technique.

Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns

12. Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns

Nuclear power can generate electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are concerns about its safety. Learn about the safety and health concerns associated with the threat of nuclear meltdowns, as well as the challenges involved in storing radioactive waste.

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