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Ch 75: Nonrenewable Energy Sources

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This chapter is filled with engaging video lessons you can access anytime to strengthen your knowledge of nonrenewable energy sources. Ensure you're prepared for an upcoming test by taking multiple-choice quizzes and a practice exam.

Nonrenewable Energy Sources - Chapter Summary

Use this comprehensive overview of nonrenewable energy sources to get a better understanding of coal mining, oil and natural gas reserves, fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Lessons in this chapter also provide an in-depth exploration of shale gas, risks associated with nuclear power plants and how energy is consumed around the world. Examining these lessons should increase your ability to:

  • Discuss coal mining, how it impacts the environment and technologies for cleaner coal
  • Differentiate between energy consumption in developing and developed nations
  • Describe the availability, extraction and use of oil and natural gas reserves
  • Detail unconventional fossil fuels, such as shale gas, oil shale and methane hydrates
  • Provide the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels
  • Share what nuclear energy is, and list some of the risks associated with nuclear power plants and radioactive waste

Make your study of nonrenewable energy sources fun and effective by utilizing the helpful resources in this chapter. Review the lessons as videos or transcripts based on your unique learning and study preferences. Use the quiz with each lesson to gauge your knowledge of the concepts you review. Get a broader review of the lessons by taking this chapter's more comprehensive practice exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 75: Nonrenewable Energy Sources
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Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used To Make Cleaner Coal

1. 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).

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

2. 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.

Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns

5. 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.

What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

6. 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.

What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

7. What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

You've probably heard of nuclear energy. But what is it? And what is the difference between fusion and fission? This lesson will answer your questions about this exciting form of energy that involves atoms and their nuclei.

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