FORMATION OF CARBON BASED FUELS

There are 3 types of carbon based fuels that humans use


They have these factors in common

1) They take a long time to form

2) They require a lot of heat and pressure

3) They are formed from dead living things (fossil fuels)

4) They release carbon in some form when combusted (addition of carbon to the atmosphere)

5) They are non-renewable resources (see diagram below)


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THE 3 FOSSIL FUELS - COAL, CRUDE OIL AND NATURAL GAS


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The main difference between coal and crude oil/natural gas is where and how they have formed

- Coal is formed from plant material in swamp areas

- Crude oil/natural gas is formed from small marine organisms




COAL

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CRUDE OIL AND NATURAL GAS


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FRACTIONAL DISTILLATION - HOW WE REFINE CRUDE OIL


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http://www.edinformatics.com/math_science/c_fuels.htm


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon-based_fuel

http://www.polywellnuclearfusion.com/EnergySiteMenu/CFuelEnergy.html