Home / Learning / Science Topics / Fossil Energy

Fossil Energy

Offshore platform. Image from GNS Science.

GNS Science explores the Earth’s crust for fossil fuels - for oil, gas and coal.

Fossil fuels have become the driving force behind human civilisation in the last couple of centuries, and have become vital for energy, transport, agriculture and the creation of synthetic materials. Our use of fossil fuels is associated with global climate change and is also challenged by peak oil. Whilst the use of renewable energy sources is growing, we are still very dependent on oil, coal and gas.

Learn about:

Explore more:

  • Careers – in the oil and gas industry