Energy in a High Tech World: Oil Refining

The American Association for the Advancement of Science presents this Science Links resource that shows how oil is transformed from the raw material to its many useable products. The brief movie shows how petroleum was formed and how energy comes from the petroleum. Use the interactive to see how the crude oil is distilled into various products by superheating the oil. After the different products are separated out, they are treated in many different ways to to make individual petroleum products. Find out how each product is used at the end of all the refining.

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