basics in environmental science sci1100 18041 4

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Topics: (1) Nonrenewable Energy Sources and Conservation; (2) Renewable Energy Alternatives.

NOTE: Question #7 for Unit 5 is eliminated from the pool and you are not required to answer the question. This does not alter the required 1000 word count and 3 scholarly sources for the unit.



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1.

Differentiate between a renewable energy source, a nonrenewable energy source, and a clean energy source. Give an example of each.

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2.

Fully describe the method scientists use to determine the net energy available in a fossil fuel deposit.

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3.

What are the three fossil fuels upon which humans rely? From what types of organisms do each of the three fuels specifically come?

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4.

What are oil sands? Describe two problems associated with the extraction of oil sands.

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5.

What is methane hydrate? Describe the possible environmental impacts of extraction.

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6.

Why is the combustion of biomass considered to add no net gain in atmospheric carbon dioxide? When can biomass use as an energy source become nonrenewable?

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7.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of growing corn for use in ethanol production.

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8.

Name and describe the three major approaches to using hydropower to generate electricity.

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9.

Differentiate between active solar energy collection and passive solar energy collection.

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10.

What alternative energy source would you want your state to invest most of its budget in? Explain.

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