Fun Fact 2: Is oil a renewable energy source? It is a non-renewable source which means that this type of energy (crude oil) will not last forever and one day in the future it will run out.
Fun Fact 3: How is oil formed? The formation of oil began millions of years ago when the remains of dead plants and animals drifted to the bottom of the sea. These materials decayed and over time became covered by layers of mud and sand.
Fun Fact 4: The mud and sand formed layers which applied pressure and heat to the decayed plant and animal material. This process turned the remains into crude oil and natural gas.
Fun Fact 5: Areas deep within our oceans are studied to establish where good sources of oil are located. A structure called a 'derrick' is set up and wells are drilled in order to bring a flow of oil to the surface.
Fun Fact 6: Where does oil come from? Crude oil can be obtained from reserves across the world. Some of the main producers of oil include Russia, The United States of America, Iran, China and Saudi Arabia.
Fun Fact 7: Oil energy provides many important functions including the production of heat. For example, it can be used to heat water in order to produce steam.
Fun Fact 8: Oil provides a rich source of energy, as it is liquid form; it can be easily transported by a network of pipelines.
Fun Fact 9: Carbon dioxide is produced through burning oil. Carbon dioxide is harmful to our atmosphere, it is a form of greenhouses gas which pollutes the air and plays a major part in global warming.
Fun Fact 10: Crude oil is a source of energy which can be used to produce electricity. It is a relatively expensive energy source, particularly for countries where oil needs to be imported. It is more expensive than the production of gas or coal..
Fun Fact 11: Crude oil is usually transported to oil refineries by ship or pipeline. This is where usable petroleum is separated.
Fun Fact 12: How is oil used? Crude oil has many uses, one of the main uses, besides producing electricity, is its ability to power cars when it's processed as gasoline.
Fun Fact 13: Oil does not only supply a powerful source of energy; it also contributes towards the formation of well-known products such as crayons, ink, deodorant, tires, and other common items.
Fun Fact 14: Crude oil is a liquid so it's easy to transport. However, oil spills do occur from fuel tankers and offshore drills. Such spillages can be very harmful to the environment and marine life.
Fun Fact 15: Oil has non-polar molecules so it doesn't mix with water. If you attempt to mix oil and water together, they will automatically separate.