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Finding Geothermal Energy
What are the characteristics of geothermal resources? Some visible
features of geothermal energy are volcanoes, hot springs, geysers,
and fumaroles. But you cannot see most geothermal resources. They
are deep underground. There may be no clues above ground that a
geothermal reservoir is present below.
Geologists use different methods to find geothermal reservoirs. The
History of Geothermal Energy
Geothermal energy was used by ancient people for heating and
bathing. Even today, hot springs are used worldwide for bathing,
and many people believe hot mineral waters have natural healing
Using geothermal energy to produce electricity is a new industry.
A group of Italians first used it in 1904. The Italians used the natural
What is Geothermal Energy?
The word geothermal comes from the Greek words geo (Earth) and
therme (heat). Geothermal energy is heat from within the Earth.
Geothermal energy is generated in the Earth’s core, almost 4,000
miles beneath the Earth’s surface. The double-layered core is made
up of very hot magma (melted rock) surrounding a solid iron center.
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