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Virginia's Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources

Introduction

A renewable resource is a resource that can be replaced in a relatively short period of time. Examples of renewable resources include the sun, water, and trees. Nonrenewable resources are those that cannot be replaced or take thousands or millions or years to replace. Some examples of nonrenewable resources are coal, oil, and natural gas. Virginia, like many other states, relies on fossil fuels for much of its energy needs. Coal is Virginia's most valuable mineral resource. Of the coal used in Virginia, about 60 percent is used to produce electricity. Hydropower, also called water power, is Virginia's primary renewable source of energy. However, along with geothermal, biomass, solar, and wind, it only makes up less than one percent of the energy used in Virginia each year.

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Task

In this WebQuest, your task is to determine what resources exist in Virginia, categorize them as renewable or nonrenewable, and develop a plan to conserve nonrenewable resources. After you develop your plan, you will write a proposal that is suitable for submitting to a grant committee. The purpose of your proposal will be to obtain funds that will allow you to go forward with your plan.

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Time

2-3 days to research and write a proposal

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Process

As you conduct your research, write the answers to the questions below. Keep in mind that the answers may be found on one or more of the Web sites listed.

Questions about Virginia's resources

  1. In which province is Virginia's coal found? Why is the province so rich in coal?
  2. What types of resources are found in the Chesapeake Bay? How are they different from the resources mined in land environments?
  3. What are the main uses of limestone?
  4. What are the different types of coal? What type of coal is mined in Virginia?
  5. In what two provinces is natural gas found?

Next, you will create a table that lists the resources you have found and whether they are considered renewable or nonrenewable. You should list at least ten resources. Finally, you will use the information you have gathered to write a proposal to obtain funding for a plan to conserve Virginia's resources. Make sure you take into consideration the economic as well as the environmental impacts. You may use the Web sites listed below to learn about writing proposals.

How to Write a Proposal

Proposal Writing

Guide for Writing a Proposal

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Resources

Use these Web sites to research mineral, energy, and other natural resources found in Virginia.

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Evaluation
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for Rubric

Review the rubric to understand how your completion of this task will be evaluated.

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Conclusion

In this process of completing this WebQuest you have gained a greater understanding of the varied resources found in Virginia. You collected information about resources that you used to answer questions, create a resources table, develop a plan to conserve one or more resources, and write a proposal. This WebQuest has allowed you to practice and apply research skills to offer alternatives to or improve upon the plan that already exists.

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