NASC 130 Essentials3_ch12

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Unformatted text preview: umanity faces many changes as oil runs out Essentials of Geology, 3rd edition, by Stephen Marshak Chapter 12: Riches in Rock: Energy & Mineral Resources Energy Problems The oil crunch: What can humanity do? There are many sources of energy that we can use: Tar sands and oil shales Coal Natural gas Coalbed methane Uranium Renewables Each energy source has associated difficulties Society faces difficult choices Essentials of Geology, 3rd edition, by Stephen Marshak Chapter 12: Riches in Rock: Energy & Mineral Resources Environmental Issues Energy production creates environmental insults Energy Oil drilling and production scars the landscape Spills from oil storage tanks, pipelines, and ships... Contaminate surface water and ground water May devastate large areas of coastline Coal mining creates pits, spoil piles, and acid mine runoff Essentials of Geology, 3rd edition, by Stephen Marshak Chapter 12: Riches in Rock: Energy & Mineral Resources Environmental Issues Air pollution results from fossil fuel combustion Unburned hydrocarbons add to photochemical smog Sulfur dioxide (SO2)...
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