Natural gas is a combustible, gaseous mixture of simple hydrocarbon compounds, usually found in deep underground reservoirs formed by porous rock. Natural gas is a fossil fuel composed almost entirely of methane, but does contain small amounts of other gases, including ethane, propane, butane and pentane. Methane is composed of a molecule of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms.
Natural gas is used extensively in residential, commercial and industrial applications. It is the dominant energy used for home heating with approximately 55% of American homes utilizing natural gas. The use of natural gas is rapidly increasing as a fuel for power generation and cooling and
Published: May 16, 2012
Last Updated: July 6, 2012