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Section 2
Energy from Coal

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 2: Energy from Coal.


Investigate

To learn about ways to conserve energy resources, visit the following web sites:

Energy Savers Booklet - Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home, U.S. Department of Energy
Provides tips for saving energy and money at home and on the road.  Includes information on energy-saving, efficient technologies and tips for using clean, renewable energy to power a home.

Residential Energy Savers, Snohomish County PUD
Explores energy-saving ideas for conserving energy at home.

40 Simple Ways to Save Energy, Washington Military Department - Emergency Management Division
Suggests measures for conserving energy and reducing electrical bills.

Learning About Saving Energy, State of North Dakota
Overview of energy resources, the different ways that energy is used, and tips for saving energy.

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Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about electricity usage in other countries, visit the following web sites:

    International Electricity Information, U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Provides energy statistics for all countries, including electricity usage.

    International Energy Annual, U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Provides excel spreadsheets with world electricity data, including the use of different types of energy resources.

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Resources

To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

The Formation of Coal

How Coal Is Formed, Kentucky Educational Television and the American Coal Foundation
Contains a brief overview of how coal is formed.

How is Coal Formed?, Kentucky Geological Survey
Explains the processes associated with the formation of coal.

Identification of Coal Components, Kentucky Geological Survey
Explains how sedimentary rocks that form coal reflect the environments in which they were originally deposited.

Types of Coal

Classification and Rank of Coal, Kentucky Geological Survey
Explains how coal "rank" is determined and defines the different types of coal.

Coal Resource Classification System of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Geological Survey
Explains how the USGS classifies and tracks coal resources in the United States, including rank of coal, thickness of beds, and distribution.

Coal Exploration and Mining

How Coal Is Produced, Kentucky Educational Television and the American Coal Foundation
Reviews surface and underground mining methods used to remove coal from the ground. Includes information about the regulations governing coal mining and the people who mine coal.

Coal Resource Recoverability, U.S. Geological Survey
Reviews the factors associated with coal production, including mining, cleaning, recoveries, etc. Includes tables and figures to illustrate concepts and examples.

Coal Resource Classification System of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Geological Survey
Explains how geophysical techniques can be used to identify coal beds and to quantify their resources. Includes examples and explanations of geophysical logs.

U.S. Coal Supply and Demand, U.S. Energy Information Administration
Discusses annual coal supply and demand, production by region, consumption and stocks at the consuming sector level, imports and exports, and average delivered coal prices.

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