Energy_utilization_2 (1)

Energy_utilization_2 (1) - Oil Shale US reserves 2-5...

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Oil Shale US reserves – 2-5 trillion barrels Not economic to recover in today’s market Large water requirement – 200 barrels of water needed to produce 1 barrel of oil Shale waste expands (doubles in volume) Land reclamation difficult Reserves
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Tar Sands Solid, immature petroleum; will not flow Canada has extensive deposits
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Methane Hydrates
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Coal
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Coal Formation Rapid burial of land plants before decay occurs (in swamps) Increased temperature and pressure progressively transform organic material through sequence: Peat Lignite Bituminous coal Anthracite coal Pressure increase with burial Time
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Heat output is determined mostly by carbon content Sulfur and other volatiles are major contaminants Heat output from coal combustion
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Distribution of World’s Coal Reserves
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Major Coal Fields in the US
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Environmental Impact of Coal Use Mining: Strip Mining Federal law now requires land reclamation Acid drainage weathering of sulfur produces acid (spoil banks) Handling and transporting: coal dust
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Strip Mining Affects large areas Unsightly Spoil banks (acid drainage) Spoil banks
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Acid Drainage from Coal Mine Waste Red-orange color indicates iron
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Reclamation of strip coal mining area
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This note was uploaded on 05/13/2011 for the course GEO 101 taught by Professor Hanson during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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