Geothermal Power Simulations (PDF)

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Emerald Spring, Yellowstone National Park

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Are geothermal power sources actually renewable? This activity has students building a geothermal power source and answering questions on renew-ability. Students will see different ways geothermal power is extracted, model forms of this power using a density can filled with hot gravel, and be able to argue for or against it being a true renewable source of energy.

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