Geothermal Energy

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Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Energy

What is geothermal energy?Geothermal energy is energy created by the naturally occurring heat under the earth's crust. This extreme heat at the center of the earth heats deposits of water and minerals underneath the surface of the planet which can be tapped directly or used to heat other substances.


Geothermal energy is indefinitely renewable because the earth's core will remain hot for millions of years. After the hot water is used, it is either pumped back into the ground for reheating, or let off into the air as steam, which will eventually fall back to earth in the form of rain.


Geothermal power plants are smalland are designed to be as minimally invasive as possible. Also, no fossil fuels are burned in the process of converting the earth's heat to energy, and the only emission is steam.

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Wide-spread usage of geothermalenergy in the United States will reducethe country's dependence on foreign countries for energy sources. Many cities and towns throughout America could be powered with geothermal energy produced only a small ways away.



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