According to data published in 2013 by the International Energy Agency, coal is the most abundant fossil fuel. The IEA puts the total amount of proven coal resources available at 1,040 tons, which is up 3 percent from 20... More »

The most abundant mineral group found in the Earth's crust is the silicate group. The silicate minerals contain both oxygen and silicon, which are also the two most abundant elements contained in the Earth's mantle. Sili... More »

The most abundant element on Earth is oxygen, but the most abundant element in the entire universe is hydrogen. On Earth, oxygen makes up approximately 47 percent of the Earth's mass and is found both in Earth's atmosphe... More »

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Fossil fuels come from organic matter that has decomposed under the intense pressure and heat of the Earth's crust. Fossil fuels are primarily carbon based, although some fuels, such as methane, have higher ratios of hyd... More »