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15.2 Earth's Energy Resources

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of 15.2: Earth's Energy Resources. Use the navigation below to find the materials.

Section Materials


Visions of Earth, by AGI
A four-DVD set on interactions in Earth systems.

Activities, by The American Petroleum Institute (API)
API has developed an extensive set of classroom activities on energy. These include lesson plans, online games and videos, as well as content information for teachers.

Forms of Energy, by DOE
Learn more about kinetic and potential energy.

Windpower, by USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is conducting a number of studies that will give regulating agencies and wind farm developers some of the tools they will need to make informed decisions.

What causes different types of materials to conduct heat at different rates, by Mad Science Network
The second paragraph of this discussion reveals the nature of electrical conductivity in metals vs. nonmetals, such as salts, oxides, etc.

Understanding Water Quality, by Water on the Web
Visit this web site to learn about the science of electrical conductivity and its importance. It provides an interactive glossary that makes learning the basics easier.

Overview of Wind Energy in California, by California Energy Commission
This site gives an overview of wind energy. Also visit the "Fast Facts" page, which gives wind facts in a table format.

Solar powered home, by US Dept. of Energy
Explore reasons why solar-based technology is not isolated from problems associated with computer models by visiting this page.

Earth's Energy Budget, by Oklahoma Climatological Survey
Follow along with a two page description of the balance between the amount of energy absorbed into and released out of the Earth's system.

Uranium Quick Facts, by Office of Nuclear Energy
Site uses an illustration to explain the nuclear fuel cycle and includes several facts about uranium and its use as a source of nuclear power.

Classification and Rank of Coal, by Kentucky Educational Television and the American Coal Foundation
This site explains how coal "rank" is determined and defines the different types of coal.

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

Fossil Energy: A Brief Overview of Coal, by DOE
Online tutorial is designed for students. Explains how coal is used and how fossil fuels are formed.

Electricity Supply and Demand Fact Sheet, by EIA - DOE
This site reviews the current issues facing electricity generation in the United States and explains how industry deals with these issues.

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Visions of Earth, by AGI
82 High-definition animations showing a variety of Earth and space system processes.

Wind Web Tutorial, by American Wind Energy Association
This web page lists frequently asked questions about wind as an energy resource, including information about how to calculate the amount of power in the wind at a given wind speed, the basic types of wind turbines, etc.

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