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Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy
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     challenging words:    ultimate, nonrenewable, endless, thermal, various, power, capture, advantage, solution, provided, supply, constant, force, surfers, transport, volcanic


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Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Do you like to fly kites? If you do, you're in luck, because kites are powered by renewable energy. You can take your kite out and fly it all day on a windy day, and then do it again any time the wind blows. That is because a kite is powered by wind energy, and wind energy doesn't get used up. It's there every time the wind blows.
 
2     Surfers get to take advantage of renewable energy, too. All you need to ride the surf is a surfboard (and maybe some sunscreen). The power is provided by nature. The waves that give you the ride on your surfboard are another natural force that doesn't get used up. The Earth has tides that come and go to provide a constant supply of energy.
 
3     There is another renewable energy source called geothermal energy. You can tell what geothermal means by looking at each part of the word. Geo- is a prefix that means "earth." Thermal means "heat." So you can reason that geothermal energy is heat energy from inside the Earth. You know that it is a powerful energy source when you remember that spectacular volcanic eruptions are provided by geothermal forces.

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