They run our cars, generate our electricity, heat our homes, and mess with our climate. They're fossil fuels, and boy do we love 'em. Test your knowledge about these combustibles with this quiz.
What fossil fuel supplies more than half of the U.S.'s electricity?
- natural gas
Why are fossil fuels called "fossil fuels"?
- They're made of dead stuff.
- The dinosaurs used them to generate electricity.
- They're old-fashioned, like a fossil.
What does pure natural gas smell like?
- rotten eggs
- your mom
How do fossil fuels change the climate?
- Burning fossil fuels creates heat, which warms the earth.
- Removing fossil fuels from the Earth's crust throws off the balance between ground and air.
- Burning fossil fuel releases carbon dioxide, which goes into the atmosphere and contributes to the greenhouse effect.
True or false: Carbon dioxide is the only problem created by burning fossil fuels.
The Exxon Valdez spilled 10.8 million gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound. Where did that oil come from?
- Northern Alaska
- The Aleutian Islands
Oil wells bring up crude oil, which is then refined into more useful products. Which of these is not made by refining crude oil?
- natural gas
What are the top five oil-producing countries in the world?
- Saudi Arabia, Russia, U.S., Iran, China
- Saudi Arabia, U.S., Norway, China, Kuwait
- Saudi Arabia, Russia, U.S., Nigeria, Brazil
- Australia, Burkina Faso, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador