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The Energy of Nature$
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E. C. Pielou

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226668062

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.001.0001

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How Energy is Used

How Energy is Used

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(p.210) 19 How Energy is Used
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The Energy of Nature
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E. C. Pielou

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.003.0019

Every living thing depends on a source of energy outside itself to keep it living and reproducing. Sunlight provides the energy for green plants; animals use the chemical energy in their food. For all nonhuman animals, food and sunshine are the only sources of energy. This chapter gives a brief overview of the multitude of energy sources tapped by humans and of some of the ways “raw” natural energy is converted for human use. It covers combustible fuels; wind energy; the energy in moving water; solar energy; and geothermal and nuclear energy.

Keywords:   natural energy, sunlight, chemical energy, hydropower, solar energy, nuclear energy

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