Fossil Fuel And Fossil Fuels Essay

1477 Words Apr 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Today, many rely on fossil fuels to help with daily necessities such as delivering electricity, powering vehicles, and heating their homes. Fossil fuels have been widely used since the Industrial Revolution. Since then, the use of fossil fuels has greatly grown. Fossil fuels are any naturally occurring carbon-containing material that, when burned with air to produce heat or energy that can be converted into liquid fuels and other hydrocarbon (carbon bonded to hydrogen) products (Speight, James). There are three main types of fossil fuels, which can all be used for energy delivery: coal, oil, and natural gas. In 2012, fossil fuels made up about 87% of the world’s primary energy consumption. The most consumed fossil fuel was oil. Oil was consumed at 33.1%, followed by coal at 29.9%, and natural gas at 23.9%. Nowadays, the world consumes approximately 96 million barrels of oil per day, which results in roughly more than 35 billion barrels a year. Though fossil fuels have been implemented recently, they were created about 300 million years ago. Fossil fuels are formed from fossilized remnants of plants and animals deep in the Earth’s crust. After these organisms die, they decompose and become buried under multiple layers of mud, rock, and sand. Heat, pressure, and lack of contact with air, can transform the decomposed material into little sacks of gas and unrefined oil. The oil and gas moved through small openings of space in the rocks to eventually collect in reservoirs. With…

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