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Unformatted text preview: Types of coal mining: strip mining, contour strip mining, mountaintop removal, underground mining Disadvantages of using coal Formation of acid rain, effect on soil nutrients and toxic metals, effects on nutrients and contaminants in water Definitions: peak oil, Hubbert curve, oil shale, tar sands, methane hydrate Time when worlds oil, coal or gas will be exhausted Composition of hydrocarbons, methane gas Steps in formation of oil and gas, necessary rock formations (source, reservoir and cap rocks), types of oil traps, recovery (primary and enhanced) Environmental impact of oil production Arguments for and against drilling in ANWR Comparison of pollutants from coal, oil, natural gas Nuclear power: recent decline, abundant but non-renewable uranium, ionizing radiation Chain reaction of fission, proportion of U-235, U-238, parts of reactor Burner reactor vs. breeder reactor Potential problems of nuclear power...
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- Fall '08