Why is peat classified as a fossil fuel?

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In summary, fossil fuels are classified as such because they are formed from the remains of dead animals and plants that underwent geological processes millions of years ago. These fuels, including coal, oil, and natural gas, cannot be replaced once they are used up. Peat, on the other hand, is not a fossil fuel by definition, although some may argue it is an "un-renewable" fuel source. This classification is for economic purposes as peat does have the ability to renew itself.
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Why is it classified as a fossil fuel?
 
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Because it is dug up from the ground.

Fossils (from Latin fossus, literally "having been dug up")
 
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Xnn said:
Because it is dug up from the ground.

Fossils (from Latin fossus, literally "having been dug up")

So uranium is a fossil fuel?
 
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Fossil fuel usually means the buried remains of living stuff - peat is 10,000 old trees.
 
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mgb_phys said:
Fossil fuel usually means the buried remains of living stuff - peat is 10,000 old trees.

So how old does ex-living stuff have to be to become a fossil?
 
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Peat is not a fossil fuel, not by definition, although some people are now trying to call it an "un-renewable" fuel source, although it does renew. Political agencies are now classifying peat as a fossil fuel because in some areas it is possible to use up a local supply faster than it can renew. It is a classification for economic purpopses. That doesn't change the fact that it is not the same.

Fossil fuels

Fossil fuels are found within the rocks of the Earth's surface. They are called fossil fuels because they are thought to have been formed many millions of years ago by geological processes acting on dead animals and plants, just like fossils.

Coal, oil and natural gas are fossil fuels. Because they took millions of years to form, once they are used up they cannot be replaced.

Peat is what you had millions of years *before* it became a fossil fuel, such as coal.

As time passed, layer upon layer of peat built up. The pressure from these layers and heat from below the Earth's crust gradually changed the material into coal.

http://www.scienceonline.co.uk/energy/nonrenewable.html

What is peat?

http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache...f+fossil+fuels+peat&cd=14&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
 
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Evo said:
Peat is not a fossil fuel, not by definition, although some people are now trying to call it an "un-renewable" fuel source, although it does renew. Political agencies are now classifying peat as a fossil fuel because in some areas it it possible to use up a local supply faster than it can renew. It is a classification for economic purpopses. That doesn't change the fact that it is not the same.

That's actually a good answer.
 

1. What is peat and why is it classified as a fossil fuel?

Peat is a type of organic material that is formed from the decomposition of plants in wet and acidic environments. It is classified as a fossil fuel because it is made up of the remains of plants that lived millions of years ago and has undergone a process of heat and pressure, similar to other fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

2. How is peat different from other fossil fuels?

Peat differs from other fossil fuels because it is not fully transformed into a solid or liquid form, and it contains a higher water content. It is also considered to be a less efficient source of energy compared to other fossil fuels, such as coal and oil.

3. Why is peat considered a non-renewable resource?

Peat is considered a non-renewable resource because it takes thousands of years for peat to form through the slow decomposition of plants. Once it is extracted and used as a fuel source, it cannot be easily replenished within a human lifetime.

4. What are the environmental impacts of using peat as a fuel source?

The extraction and burning of peat can have significant environmental impacts. Peat bogs, which are the natural habitats of peat, are important ecosystems that provide numerous benefits, such as carbon storage and water regulation. The draining and burning of peat for fuel releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.

5. Can peat be used sustainably as a fuel source?

While peat is technically considered a renewable resource, its slow formation and the environmental impacts of its extraction make it difficult to use sustainably. Efforts have been made to find more environmentally friendly ways to harvest and use peat, such as restoring and managing peat bogs, but it is still considered a controversial fuel source.

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