Flashcards in Chapter 18 vocab Deck (18)
resource that forms at a rate that is much slower that the rate at which it is consumed.
any natural material that is used by humans, such as water, petroleum, minerals, forests, and animals
the process of recovering valuable or useful materials from waste or scrap; the process of reusing some items.
a nonrenewable energy resource formed from the remains of organisms that lived long ago; examples include oil, coal, and natural gas.
a liquid mixture of complex hydrocarbon compounds; used widely as a fuel source
a fossil fuel that forms underground from partially decomposed plant material
a mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons located under the surface of the earth, often near petroleum deposits; used as fuel
precipitation, such as rain, sleet, or snow, that contains a high concentration of acids, often because of the pollution of the atmosphere.
photochemical haze that forms when sunlight acts on industrial pollutants and burning fuels
the energy released by a fission or fusion reaction; the binding energy of the atomic nucleus
the energy released when a chemical compound reacts to produce new compounds
the energy received by the earth from the sun in the form of radiation
the use of a windmill to drive an electric generator
- a natural resource that can be replaced at the same rate at which the resource is consumed.
organic matter that can be a source of energy
electrical energy produced by falling water
a mixture of gasoline and alcohol that is used as a fuel