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Differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable natural resources.

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what's covered
This tutorial will cover the topic of natural resources. We will discuss the two main categories of natural resources, renewable resources and nonrenewable resources, and cover the importance of natural resource management.

Our discussion breaks down as follows:

  1. Natural Resources
    1. Renewable Natural Resources
    2. Nonrenewable Natural Resources
  2. Natural Resource Management


1. Natural Resources

All biomes on Earth contain useful materials to humans. These things are called natural resources. Examples of natural resources are air, water, soil, forests, plants, animals, and minerals. They fall into one of two categories: renewable or nonrenewable natural resources.

1a. Renewable Natural Resources

Renewable natural resources are resources that can be replaced in a reasonable human time span or are unlimited in supply. If renewable resources are those that can be replaced in a reasonable human time span, we need to dictate what that is. A reasonable human time span is months, years, or decades.

Examples of renewable resources include:

  • Water
  • Plant resources, such as wood, oils, sugars, starches, medicines, rubbers, ethanols, and biomass
  • Animal resources, such as furs, oils, and meat
  • Energy resources, such as sunlight, wind, and geothermal energy

Water, a Renewable Resource

term to know

Renewable Natural Resources
Resources that can be replaced in a reasonable human time span or are unlimited in supply.

1b. Nonrenewable Natural Resources

Nonrenewable natural resources are resources that cannot be replaced in a reasonable human time span, usually taking thousands or millions of years to form. From a human perspective, these resources are finite and once used, will be gone.

Examples of nonrenewable resources include:

  • Energy resources, such as petroleum, coal, and natural gas
  • Mined resources, such as metals, minerals, and gems.

Oil, a Nonrenewable Resource

term to know

Nonrenewable Natural Resources
Resources that cannot be replaced in a reasonable human time span.

3. Natural Resource Management

If not properly managed and maintained, renewable resources, such as animal resources, water, wood, and biomass, like the log trees shown below, can become nonrenewable if degraded or destroyed. They must be managed and used wisely, using sustainable practices in order to continue being renewable resources. Natural resource management is a form of stewardship.

Log Trees


summary
Today we learned about natural resources that are both renewable and nonrenewable, as well as the importance of natural resource management. Our key terms were renewable resources, which are resources that can be replaced in a reasonable human time span or are unlimited in supply, and nonrenewable resources, which are resources that cannot be replaced in a reasonable human time span.

Source: Adapted from Sophia instructor Jensen Morgan, WATERFALL CC HTTP://BIT.LY/18XRH9U OIL RIG CC HTTP://BIT.LY/1V5TNVT LOGGING CC HTTP://BIT.LY/1CSVSU2

Terms to Know
Nonrenewable Natural Resources

resources that cannot be replaced in a reasonable human time span

Renewable Natural Resources

resources that can be replaced in a reasonable human time span or are unlimited in supply