Natural gas is a type of fossil fuel. It’s called ‘natural gas’ because it’s a naturally occurring hydrocarbon (a particle made of hydrogen and carbon atoms).
Natural gas is colourless and consists mainly of methane, which is the simplest form of hydrocarbon, it is found in several different types of rocks, including sandstone, coal seams and shales.
Methane at its core is simple: it’s made up of one carbon molecule surrounded by four hydrogen molecules – CH4.
From turning on the lights to cooking dinner on a gas stove top, natural gas is an important resource in maintaining the lives we lead. It is also an important ingredient used to make every day products.
The below provide a lot more information about some of the characteristics of this amazing little molecule and how it is used to provide the energy that powers our everyday lives.