Look at the physical landforms around the Nesjavellir geothermal power plant. How do these landforms contribute to the placement of the geothermal plant?
In the photos, it appears that smoke is being forced out of the vents in the power plant. What material is in this smoke?
Iceland has six geothermal power plants. Why do you think this small island has so many of this type of power plant?
What do you think are the benefits of geothermal power?
- Nesjavellir geothermal power plant is located 30 kilometers east of Reykjavik, Iceland. The purpose of the plant is to contribute energy to the national grid as well as produce hot water for the Reykjavik district heating system.
- Geothermal energy is created by gathering and extracting energy from the Earth. The word geothermal comes from the Greek word geo meaning earth and theme meaning heat.
- Geothermal energy is considered a renewable energy source because heat is continuously being produced inside the Earth.
- A majority of geothermal resources are in regions with active volcanoes or where plate boundaries merge. Geysers, hot springs, pools of boiling mud, and fumaroles are the most common examples of geothermal energy. They are found in various places around the world.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry electricity Noun
set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and flow of electric charge.
geothermal energy Noun
heat energy generated within the Earth.
specific natural feature on the Earth's surface.
Encyclopedic Entry: landform power plant Noun
industrial facility for the generation of electric energy.