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fossil fuel

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Fuels such as petroleum derived for fossil oil sources.

Land degradation and restoration assessment

Fossil fuels are derived from the remains of ancient plant and animal life: coal, oil and natural gas. In common dialogue, the term fossil fuel also includes hydrocarbon-containing natural resources that are not derived from animal or plant sources.

Sustainable use assessment, Global assessment (1st work programme) OECD, 2001a