GCSE Questions: Energy Sources

Q7. Nuclear power stations generate electricity through nuclear fission.

Electricity can also be generated by burning shale gas.

Shale gas is natural gas trapped in rocks. Shale gas can be extracted by a process called fracking. There is some evidence that fracking causes minor earthquakes.

Burning shale gas adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

(a) Describe the advantages of nuclear power compared with the use of shale gas to generate electricity.

[3 marks]

(b) What is the name of one fuel used in nuclear power stations?

[1 mark]

(c) Describe the process of nuclear fission.

[4 marks]

(Total 8 marks)