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All About Fossil Fuels: Oil, Coal and Gas


The modern world as we know it depends upon the extraction and use of three major fossil fuels – oil, gas, and coal. We use these fossil fuels to power everything from factory production to motor vehicles to home heating systems and lights. What exactly are these fuel sources, though, and where do they come from? It took millions of years for these fuels to develop inside of the earth as fossilized animal remains were subjected to intense geological pressures. It’s amazing to realize, then, that humanity’s “fossil fuel era,” from the Industrial Revolution to the present day, has only gone on for about a hundred years. To learn more about these fossil fuels, the process of finding and extracting them, and how people use them around the world to make their lives better, consult the resources below.

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