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Cecie Starr + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337408332
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Burning fossil fuel releases _____ into the air.

  1. a. carbon dioxide
  2. b. nitrous oxide
  3. c. phosphates
  4. d. a and b

Summary Introduction

Concept introduction: The fossil fuels are coal, oil, and natural gas. They are considered as fuels because they liberate heat energy when they are burned.  They are regarded as fossil fuels because they are created from the remains of living organisms millions of years ago.

Explanation

Reasons for the correct statement:

The burning of fossil fuels that are derived from the remains of plants and photosynthetic protists puts additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers and fossil fuels has increased the amount of nitrogen oxide directly into the air.

Option d. is given as “a and b”.

Burning fossil fuel releases both carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Therefore, option d. is correct.

Reasons for the incorrect statements:

Option a. is given as “carbon dioxide”...

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