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1 Fossil Fuel Overview GLY 4241 - Lecture 13 Fall, 2011
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“Fossil” As a noun, fossil refers to a relic, remnant, or representation of an organism that existed in a past geological age, or of the activity of such an organism, occurring in the form of mineralized bones, shells, etc., as casts, impressions, and molds, or as frozen preserved organisms As an adjective, it means having the characteristics or nature of a fossil 2
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Fossil Fuel Fossil fuels are fuels formed from once living organisms - they include 1. Petroleum 2. Natural gas 3. Coal 4. Fuels derived from oil shale and tar shale 3
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Fossil Fuel Chemistry All fossil fuels are carbon based – combustion of these fuels produces carbon dioxide, a GHG, and other substances Natural gas, petroleum, and fuels derived from oil shale and tar shale are hydrocarbons - combustion of these fuels produces carbon dioxide, and water vapor, as well as other substances 4
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Formation of Fossil Fuels In order to form fossil fuels, large accumulations
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