Where does our natural gas, coal and oil actually come from? Discover the processes that created our modern fossil-fuel reserves, which began millions of years ago.
- Fossil fuels are coal, oil and natural gas.
- Fossil fuels are formed from the fossilized remains of prehistoric plants and animals.
- Oil and gas are formed within the sea bed, and coal is formed in nonmarine settings.
- Fossil fuels provide energy, but they are a finite source.
We are dependent on fossil fuels.
Coal, oil and natural gas supply around 90% of the world's energy.
Global fossil fuel use:
Coal - 28%
Oil - 40%
Natural gas - 20%
Although they take different forms, all three fuels are hydrocarbons, formed from the fossilized remains of prehistoric plants and animals.
Most of the fossil ...
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