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300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds

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Fossil fuels are fuels formed by natural processes such as anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms. The age of the organisms and their resulting fossil fuels is typically millions of years, and sometimes exceeds 650 million years. Explore this lesson to learn all you ever needed to know about fossil fuels.

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