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Natural Gas: What Is It?

Natural gas is a fossil combustible which is composed mainly by methane. It can be found in natural gas fields or in oil fields and also in coal beds but in smaller quantities. You must keep in mind that in countries such as the US and Canada gas is a shortening of gasoline.

When the gases of methane are created by the anaerobic decomposition of non fossil natural material, this process is known as biogas; some sources of biogas involve swamps, landfills, sewage sludge, marshes and flatulence. Methane is a tremendously conservatory gas that may help to augment global warning when is free in the atmosphere. That is why methane is considered as a pollutant agent; but it can produce energy. An advantage of the natural gas is that when it is being burned it produces much less carbon dioxide than more carboniferous fuel sources such as coal.

The natural gas that is used is extracted from under the earth and is millions of years old, nevertheless, it was until recently that procedures to get this gas allowed bringing it to the surface to use it.

In ancient times, people had little or no knowledge of what this kind of gas was; actually, some ancient societies (like the Greek civilization) believed that those gases that they saw escaping from the soil were the smoke that came from the kingdom of death. It was not until the year 500 B.C that the Chinese discovered the uses of this natural gas. As you know, these beliefs do not exist anymore and you also know that natural gas is an excellent fuel.

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