You are on page 1of 2

Eventual depletion of earth's natural energy sources :

solutions to the problem before it occurs

LightningIce, 2015

Nature's energy sources sustaining life that could run out are petroleum, oil, coal, natural gas,
uranium and wood. Sustainable energy sources that are too abundant to be depleted are nature's
natural energy sources such as wind, heat from the sun, water from lakes, seas, rivers; silicon from
sand and perhaps geothermal energy from lava within earth's core, mantle crust and volcanos.

Renewable sources would also be wood, herbs and plant provided their plantings and re-growth
exceeds cultivational harvastings; and uranium or the radioactive isotopes required for energy
generations during nuclear fusion or fissions.
Sea water provides heavy hydrogen and deuterium for nuclear fission, the method of energy
extraction in nuclear power plants. Uranium is extracted from rocks that consist of uranium and
ore, these processing to refinements and isolations give rise to uranium 238 which decay to thorium
and lead. Energy from photon ejection accompanying these decays produces gamma rays and alpha
particles. Some uranium found on earth is of the uranium 235 variety, they decay upon collisions
with slow neutrons forming uranium 236, yttrium 95 and iodine 139 releasing neutrons and energy
from the photon ejections during these conversions to their varying forms.
Nuclear reactors convert these energy released from fission reactions to energy which is then used
as fuel or converted into electrical energy. In the event whereby uranium containing rocks or sea
water with heavy deuterium can no longer be obtained, alternative sources include space where
many radioactive isotopes are found from stellar combustions or the earth's core whereby lots of
nuclear fusions and fissions take place.

Plants, algae and bacterial can renew the energy sources upon earth should all current unsustainable energy forms be depleted, they are the energy sources for life's continuity along with
ecological awareness and conservational effects. Forest with their ecosystems in tact can be left
pristine and protected so that the ecological balance of the earth is maintained, so too the ozone
layer and atmospheric gases that are able to offset the negative effects of pollution and acid rain
which in turn contribute to loss of natural energy sources.
Plantings of trees, plants and herbs along with selective breedings can also be carried out in
accordance to the type of energy that they can provide as a replacement for the continued depletions
of earth's natural energy sources. If replacements are carried out this way, more of the earth's
natural energy sources can also be left untapped so as to prevent an eventual total depletion from
i

occurring, a reform before the harm of natural energy devastation starts to set in will be safest for all
life forms in the long run. It will require research effects into plant life, algae or microbes as an
alternative energy source along with co operation of nations and environmental protection agencies
and groups.

Plant components such as lignin are renewable and produce carbon along with cellulose it's
chemical structure contains most of the basal carbon compounds which sustains most life forms.
Chemical constituents of lignin are H2COH, HC, HCOH, OH and OCH3. Energy generating
functions include basal energy production, fossil fuels, foam stabilizers, binders, absorbents and
hydrophobization. It also aids in agriculture which can function in the renewal of lost energy
sources and replenishes their depletions. Agricultural functions of lignin include soil rehabilitations,
slow release fertilizers, artificial humus, encapsulation, composting aids, manure treatments, soil
stabilizations, insecticides, granulations, pelletising and chelates.

Plant oil is also a good alternative in the event of total loss of petroleum and natural oil from the
earth's depletion. The extraction of crude oil from the earth also affects the ecosystem as forest and
ecological life is destroyed just so that the oil at regions they lie above can be extracted. Oil spills out
at sea also occur harming aquatic ecosystems and marine life. There are many different plant oil
varieties some of which are already being mixed with fuel such as canola oil from rape seed. Other
plant oil varieties are vast, some include soy bean oil, walnut oil, almond oil, palm oil, corn oil and
rice barn oil. These various oil types have different properties, functions and applications; their
commercial usages and methods to replace extracted petroleum from the earth as fuel can be looked
into and the suitable oil types properly cultivated and harvested.

As photosynthesizing plants, autotrophs, cynobacterial and algae absorb carbon dioxide, this carbon
is released back to the earth during the end of their life cycle and can be a source of carbon in the
event of depletions. Cynobacteria also aid in carbon and atmospheric gas balances as they are
capable of carbon and nitrogen fixations. The planting of sufficient crops which yield certain parts
that can be used as herbal medicines, seeds, flowers or edible fruits can also be done, whilst their
stems, roots, leaves the regions that are not utilized be returned to earth where they can be left to
decompose at the end of the plant's natural life span and yield carbon.

Some algae such as dinoflagellates are also energy producers,they are capable of generating energy
in the form of light and releasing oxygen to the atmosphere. Methan gas production as a fuel source
can also be carried out by halophile archaea methanogens during carbon dioxide reductions.

Microbes also aid in the process of decomposing vegetables and plants into compost, speeding up
the conversions to carbon bases. At the same time, they break down the inorganic compounds
within soil, thus aiding in uptakes to feed the earth and crops.

ii