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A Guide to Shale, Limestone and Other Sedimentary Rocks

Sedimentary rocks are one of three types of rocks found on the Earth’s surface. Sedimentary rocks are formed from sediments or little pieces of rock, such as sand, gravel, clay, and silt. These fragments are called claysts. Other types of sedimentary rocks may contain minerals. In addition, sedimentary rocks may also consist of decomposed plant or animal matter that has accumulated over time. A large percentage of these sedimentary rocks contain fossilized remains. This excites geologists because Read More…



A Kids Guide to Renewable Energy

Mankind has been utilizing all of the natural resources throughout history. Whether man has used trees for building materials or oil to fuel our vehicles, natural resources from the Earth have been used in our everyday lives. However, the resources of the Earth need to be monitored to ensure Read More…



The Rock Cycle by Marcellus.com

When most people think of rocks, they probably think of them as fairly consistent over time. While it’s true that the composition of rocks doesn’t change all at once, they do transform over time thanks to natural forces. The process of rocks gradually changing forms is called the rock cycle. The rock cycle has been taking place since the beginning of time, like the water cycle and other natural cycles that define the world around us. Thanks to the rock cycle, rocks are always Read More…



Fossils to Shale – Rockhounding for Kids

Rockhounding is the recreational activity of searching for and studying rocks, minerals and fossils in nature. A person that searches for rocks, minerals or fossils in nature for fun is called a rockhounder. Rockhounders are rock lovers of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world. Rockhounders go out into nature and dig in the ground in hopes of finding interesting or unique rocks. Once they find a gem, fossil, rock or mineral, they perform various types of research about their find. If a rockhounder finds a rock that they are not familiar with, they begin with researching the look and feel of the rock. Upon researching the physical traits of the material, they can Read More…



Oil Spills Cleanup and Recovery

Thousands and thousands of people in both the private sector and the government train each year to prevent and mitigate oil spills. Oil spills can result in serious environmental consequences, but the policies and technologies that help stop oil spills are becoming more advanced every year. Thanks to the experience scientists and engineers gained in the rapid response to the Exxon-Valdez and Deepwater Horizon spills and other adverse events, companies now have many Read More…



A Guide to Solar Energy in the Home

Every modern home requires energy. Most often energy comes from fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas. However, fossil fuels are not available in unlimited quantities. These fuels were made millions of years ago and do not replenish as fast as they are used. This is one of the reasons why the consumer’s cost for energy continues to rise. The use of these non-renewable fuels also has a negative impact on the environment, contributing to the release of greenhouse gas and Read More…



A Guide to Alternative Energy for Consumers

For centuries man has relied on the Earth for sources of energy. Through the use of fossil fuels such as oil and coal, they have been used to heat and provide power to our homes. For several centuries this has been an adequate source for us to provide power for our homes and businesses. However, due to continued reliance on these sources of fuel, they are becoming increasingly difficult to find, causing people to find alternative and renewable sources of energy.
In recent times man has come up with various sources of energy to become alternatives to traditional fuel supplies. These alternative energy sources have become helpful ways to supplement the fossil fuel sources that we have been using. Recently we have started to find ways to harness the power of the sun, wind, water, and
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How Are We Keeping Fracking Clean?

One of the largest oil booms the United States has ever seen is the result of a new kind of drilling technology called fracking and horizontal drilling. These advanced methods have stirred up more than just natural resources lying underground. They have also stirred plenty of controversy, with some environmental experts decrying the techniques as being harmful. Because of such concerns, many companies have taken the initiative to make fracking cleaner and lessen its potentially Read More…



Harnessing the Power of Wind

The Earth has provided us with resources that can be used for other purposes. Natural resources such as the Sun, water, coal and oil have all been used as sources to provide power for people. While these have been viable sources of power for our uses, each have come with environmental concerns. However, the purest forms of natural resources is harnessing the power of the wind. Wind has been used as a source of power for centuries. Primitive devices were discovered as early as 500 B.C. To funnel the wind to do tasks in food production for people. Eventually this technology would spread to Europe and windmills in the Netherlands Read More…



A Guide to Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

The price of energy for heating and cooling homes continues to rise. This increase in costs has placed an additional burden on families trying to keep up with all expenses. In addition, many of the resources used for energy come from the Earth and continued dependency on these will deplete these resources. Because of all these factors, it is important from a financial and environmental standpoint to find ways to be Read More…



Alternative Energy Sources: Wind, Solar and Wave Energy

As Earth continues to suffer the effects that result from our dependence on fossil fuels, the need for developing alternative energy sources increases. The process of burning fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide and this gas is wreaking havoc on the planet’s climate. Climate change is a serious threat to many species, and scientists predict the aftermath from these changes may be devastating. Increased temperatures and superstorms pose a direct threat to many forms of life, including humans. The world’s ice is melting at an Read More…



A Guide to Understanding Nuclear Energy by Marcellus.com

How does nuclear energy work? Nuclear power is one of the most potent energy sources known to science. The key to it all is nuclear fission, which takes place in the core of a nuclear reactor. Fission is the process by which a single atom splits into two, releasing a huge amount of energy. Uranium is the fuel used for induced fission: it is a chemical element that naturally undergoes fission at a very slow rate. Because of this, it’s a great candidate Read More…