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Aratrika De , asked a question
Subject: Science , asked on 9/2/11

why coal and petroleum are called fossil fuel?

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Prabhjyot Kaur , added an answer, on 10/2/11
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Petroleum, natural gas, and coal are the main sources of energy for modern use. All of these fuels are classified as fossil fuels. The reason they are called fossil fuels is because they are all made from decayed plants and animals that have been preserved in the earth's crust by pressure, bacterial processes and heat. It takes millions of years for these organisms to chemically change into fossil fuels.

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Mohd Imad , added an answer, on 10/2/11
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.Q.Why coal and petroleum are called fossil fuel?

Ans : Coal and petroleum are called fossil fuel because they are non renewable natural resources (Both have an organic origin and are called hydrocarbon fuels).

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Muthu Kumari , added an answer, on 10/2/11
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Dear Student,

Imad and Prabhjyot have answered your question correctly. Hope you find them helpful.

@Imad and Prabhjyot, Good answer, Keep posting answers they are helpful to all the users of this community. Both of you deserve a thumbs up from the experts. Keep it up!!

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Sudeep Rai , added an answer, on 25/2/11
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 petrolium and coal are called fossil fuels because plants and animal wastes are burried under earth's crust millions of years ago     and they are limited

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Gaurav Bailung , added an answer, on 22/3/11
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they are called fossil fuels because they are formed from fossils buried deep under the earth's surface . they're formed by the decomposition of biomass.

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Rohan Majithia , added an answer, on 27/3/11
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 I HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW....dead reamains of living beings r called fossils...there4, the fuel formed by decomposition of it shud b called fossil fuels..

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Joba Bovas , added an answer, on 9/2/11

 you could also say,

fossils are formed over millions of years, so fossil fuels are those which take millions of years to form.

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Nayani Chaudhary , added an answer, on 16/10/11
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@sudeep,

It is not ' petrolium '.......it's ' Petroleum'.

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