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ERIC Number: EJ904751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Connect the Spheres with the Coal Cycle
Clary, Renee; Wandersee, James
Science Scope, v34 n2 p20-29 Oct 2010
Coal fueled the Industrial Revolution and, as a result, changed the course of human history. However, the geologic history of coal is much, much longer than that which is recorded by humans. In your classroom, the coal cycle can be used to trace the formation of this important economic resource from its plant origins, through its lithification, or rock-forming changes, to its final recovery as a fossil fuel. This article describes how you can explore the interconnectedness of the coal, carbon, hydrologic and rock cycles with a close look at how peat is transformed by pressure over time. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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