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Activity Discussion Science & Technology What are fossil fuels? How are they formed? What is their significance?

  • What are fossil fuels? How are they formed? What is their significance?

    Posted by Mahima on May 12, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    What are fossil fuels? How are they formed? What is their significance?

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    Fossil fuels are energy sources that are formed from the remains of ancient plants and organisms that lived millions of years ago. They include coal, oil, and natural gas. These fuels are called “fossil” because they are derived from the fossilized remains of plants and animals.

    Fossil fuels are formed through a process that takes place over millions of years. It starts with the accumulation of organic matter, such as dead plants and marine organisms, in areas such as swamps, lakes, and ocean floors. Over time, these organic materials are buried under layers of sediment, which puts them under high temperature and pressure. This process, known as diagenesis, causes the organic matter to undergo chemical and physical changes, eventually transforming it into fossil fuels.

    The significance of fossil fuels lies in their high energy content and their widespread use as a source of power. They have been the primary energy source for human civilization for centuries, providing fuel for transportation, electricity generation, heating, and industrial processes. Fossil fuels have played a crucial role in economic development and technological advancement. However, their combustion releases carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change and air pollution. As a result, there is a growing global emphasis on transitioning to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources to reduce the environmental impact associated with fossil fuel use.

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