Can you imagine what life would be like if we could not drive cars or ride in trains or buses? What about if we had no heat or electricity for our homes and schools? It takes fuel to make these things happen. Most vehicles, homes, schools and businesses use fossil fuels to function. Fossil fuels include coal, oil and natural gas. While we don’t have an endless supply of these, fossil fuels play a big role in how we live our lives. They are called fossil fuels because they are made of just that — the remains of plants and animals that lived a long time ago. You can read more about it in the “Connections” section.
Kathleen Neset is a petroleum geologist. She works with fossil fuels every day. Check out “What’s It Like to Be …” to read her thoughts on why fossil fuels are important.
While dinosaurs are extinct, there are some species of animals that have been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth. One of these animals is a kind of fish known as a sturgeon. They swim in the water, but they don’t look like most other fish! Check out “Wildville” to find out more!