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Natural Resources and Energy

A natural resource is something that is found in nature and can be used by people.Earth’s natural resources include light, air, water, plants, animals, soil, stone, minerals, and fossil fuels. People need some natural resources to stay alive. Water resources are useful to humans – needed for life to exist. A renewable resource is a resource which can be used repeatedly and replaced naturally. Examples include oxygen, fresh water, solar energy and biomass. Hydrocarbon resources are often known as fossil fuel resources as hydrocarbons are the primary constituent of natural gas, oil, and coal.

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3:45 Managing natural resources: making more with less

3:38 300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds

4:48 Physics – Energy – Energy Resources and Power Stations


Compare Contrast and Debate

Kick-Off Debate Background: 

Carbon-based fuel (oil, natural gas, coal) currently supply the majority of global energy demands by a wide percentage. This fact has been true for over a century. Many are concerned with the continued use of carbon-based fuel (fossil fuel) to meet this demand. Some do not share this concern.

  • Position A: All countries, organizations, and individuals need not decrease use of non-renewable fossil fuel through conservation efforts. Neither is there a need to use alternative sources of energy.
  • Position B: All countries, organizations, and individuals should emphasize the use of alternative, renewable energy sources only – while also dramatically and immediately stopping the use of fossil fuel.

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Special Notes and Notices

Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Analyze and interpret data.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Energy and Matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation.

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