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Lowcost and Sustainable Energy is Here

The very heart of the Earth is made up of an iron core that covers an outer core of molten ore and mass called magma. The outer layers of the outer core are called the mantle and are approximately 1,800 miles thick with a crust on its outer surface called Volcanoes that span across 15 to 35 miles across the Earth. These Volcanoes are normally separated into plates that can be described as; geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles.

Many ancient cultures such as the Romans contributed much of their technology to the development of sustainable development. Long before the term "sustainable development" was in use the Roman's practiced, and perfected the art of geothermal energy to power their cities, heat palaces, cook foods, and heat their homes. Geothermal energy also contributed to the advancement of medicine by allowing the Romans to heat the water necessary to boil plants, minerals and herbs. Such use of early geothermal energy was key to revolutionizing medicine that would benefit the world for hundred's of years.

In many of today's societies sustainable energy continues to produce a constant source of electricity for its residents, by providing heat through geothermal energy for millions of more homes and businesses throughout the world. And as an more affordable means of energy; geothermal energy's success lies with its main constituent which is derived from natural water gathered from underground hot springs. Its counterpart, however, conventional energy is a gaseous liquid that must be manufactured and refined from fossil fuel.

Some of the largest geothermal reservoirs in existence can be found throughout the world. Known as the "Ring of Fire" each of these vast geothermal reservoirs can be found on the western coasts of North and South America, and on the eastern coasts of Asia and Australia. Specific areas containing the most geothermal wells include, the United States, California, Hawaii, and Alaska.

With an astounding 33 geothermal power plants California produces enough power to supply the entire nation with at least 90 percent of geothermal energy. California is regarded as one of the largest producers of geothermal energy due to its large consumption of electricity. In recent years it's use of natural dry steam reservoirs and geysers have placed California on the map for having the largest geothermal steam fields in the world. In just one state away 15 geothermal power plants help drive Nevada's bustling economy with sustainable energy. In sharp contrast, however, states like Utah and Hawaii require only one geothermal power plant.

Due to the adverse affects of global warming on the planet the way by which we use geothermal energy has drastically changed in the last 60 years. Several examples of this change has been our ability to switch from fossil fuel based energy to geothermal energy.

Europe countries like Iceland continue to advance their sustainable energy by allowing its countries to gather at least 90 percent of it's electricity from geothermal energy. Even though the United States is only creating 1 percent of electricity to sustain all of North America, the US is currently regarded as the top producer of geothermal energy.


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