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The Biomass Balancing Act

Description:
Students will be able to identify biomass resources. Describe how biomass is a form of stored solar energy. Explain how a particular biomass resource can be used to produce heat or electricity or contribute to transportation resource needs.

Related Topics:
1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors.
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.

Associated Grade Levels:
5-67-89-1011-12

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The Biomass Bancing Act
Associated Grade Levels:
5-67-89-1011-12

Related Sub-Topics

3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through these systems.

1.1 Energy is a quantity that is transferred from system to system.

4.3 Fossil and biofuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.

5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.

1.4 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from system to system.

6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by human society.

5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.

4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors

3.1 The Sun is the major source of energy for organisms and the ecosystems of which they are a part

4.6 Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different ways.

3.2 Food is a biofuel used by organisms to acquire energy for internal living processes.

4.2 Humans use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.

5.5 Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.

2.3 Earth’s weather and climate are mostly driven by energy from the Sun.

6.4 Earth has limited energy resources.

4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed, transported, and stored.

3.3 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from organism to organism.

4.4 Humans transport energy from place to place.

5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.

1.6 Chemical and nuclear reactions involve transfer and transformation of energy.