Emerging Sources of Energy

What is natural gas, and where does it come from?

Natural gas is primarily composed of methane (CH4), and like other hydrocarbons, methane provides energy via combustion reactions. Natural gas is typically found underground, near sources of petroleum, and can be pumped up via pipelines. Actually, natural gas does not have a smell, so it is mixed with a small amount of a strong-smelling thiol compound so that you can tell if you have a gas leak in your home.


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