Week 8 CheckPoint Fossil Fuels and Minerals

Week 8 CheckPoint Fossil Fuels and Minerals - CheckPoint:...

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CheckPoint: Fossil Fuels and Minerals Fossil fuels and minerals form out of similar and different geological processes, and both serve to improve living conditions by providing energy and resources. Fossil fuels, peat, coal, oil, and natural gas are nonrenewable sources of energy that form when decayed organic material such as regional flora and other biological organisms in areas once home to bogs and wetlands become buried by sediments. As the pressure from forming strata increases organic materials undergo chemical and physical changes because of increased weight and heat. The type of organic material, sediment, and the changes that occur underground determine what type of fossil fuel deposit forms Minerals form when natural geologic processes deposit a large amount of a certain inorganic material in one location. Though the formation of fossil fuels depends on conditions of the time and subsequent sedimentation, many geological processes can leave mineral deposits in its wake. Minerals can form through volcanism, hydrothermal
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course SCI 245 245 taught by Professor Hallin during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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