10 Best Fossil Hunting In Texas

Updated on: January 2022

Best Fossil Hunting In Texas in 2022


A Field Guide to Fossils of Texas (Gulf Publishing Field Guide Series)

A Field Guide to Fossils of Texas (Gulf Publishing Field Guide Series)
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Dinosaur Hunt: Texas-115 Million Years Ago

Dinosaur Hunt: Texas-115 Million Years Ago
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The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs (Princeton Field Guides)

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs (Princeton Field Guides)
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Rocks and Minerals: (Eyewitness Handbooks)

Rocks and Minerals: (Eyewitness Handbooks)
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Rockhounding Arizona: A Guide To 75 Of The State's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series)

Rockhounding Arizona: A Guide To 75 Of The State's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series)
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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Field Guides)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
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Fossil

Fossil
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A Pictorial Guide to Fossils

A Pictorial Guide to Fossils
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A Field Manual for the Amateur Geologist: Tools and Activities for Exploring Our Planet

A Field Manual for the Amateur Geologist: Tools and Activities for Exploring Our Planet
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2022

Florida's Fossils: Guide to Location, Identification, and Enjoyment

Florida's Fossils: Guide to Location, Identification, and Enjoyment
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Negative Impacts of Overuse of Fossil Fuels

The harvesting and utilization of fossil fuels creates many environmental problems.

Petroleum is another fossil fuel that causes negative impact on the environment. (Kaufman and Franz, 1993, 213). Petroleum harvesting disrupts ecosystems in sensitive areas of the world. Machinery transport, energy consumption and air pollution caused by machinery exhaust, and the process of drilling, all impact the environment and wildlife in the area being drilled. Oil fires are another concern that plagues petroleum harvesting. These fires create massive amounts of air pollution with smoke made up of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfides, and nitrogen oxides.�

Refining petroleum also creates a myriad of pollution, from air pollution to water and soil pollution caused by refinery byproducts like heated water and waste solids disposal. Transporting refined and unrefined oils also creates hazards like oil spills that spread across the water coating everything in its path. Wildlife suffocates from the petroleum coating, or the substance poisons them. Finally, when petroleum products are burned for energy they release carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons into the air.�

The remaining fossil fuels, natural gas and shale oils and tar sands, have their own negative impacts on the environment. The main problem with shale oils and tar sands is that it is a low quality petroleum product that takes a great deal of excavation in order to produce enough petroleum to be viable. (Kaufman and Franz, 1993, 215). The scale of the excavation process of this fossil fuel makes it the least efficient of the petroleum products. Not only does this process of harvesting waste a great deal of energy and fossil fuels, it disrupts huge stretches of habitat. Also a large amount of water is needed to abstract the petroleum from oil shales and sands. This creates water pollution and wastes a valuable resource. Natural gas, on the other hand, is the most environmentally friendly and efficient of the petroleum products. It burns cleaner and can be harvested in a less disruptive manner. However, even though it is a better option, natural gases still emit nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides into the air, and it has the added threat of explosion and asphyxiation.�

References

Kaufman, Donald G. and Franz, Cecilia M. (1993). Biosphere 2000…Protecting our Global Environment. Dubuque, IA: Kendal/Hunt Publishing

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