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Exhaustible Natural Resources

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Definition of Exhaustible Natural Resources

The amount of those resources which is limited in nature are called “exhaustible natural resources”.

More About Exhaustible Natural Resources

  • They can be exhausted by human activities
  • Resources of which a finite quantity is in existence
  • Oil and gas are exhaustible and be all sucked up and burnt up
  • A natural resource that cannot be increased by the natural forces of the environment is called exhaustible natural resources
  • The quantities of exhaustible resources are effectively fixed and thus the more used today, the less is available for use in the future
  • It is possible, and even expected, that exhaustible resources will be exhausted at some time in the future
  • Common examples of exhaustible resources are the three fossil fuels -- petroleum, coal, and natural gas
  • Humans today extract and use around 50% more natural resources than only 30 years ago, for a current total of about 60 billion tons of raw materials a year
  • People in rich countries consume up to 10 times more natural resources than people in poor countries
  • Non-renewable resources form extremely slowly or do not naturally form in the environment
  • A good example of non-renewable resources is fossil fuels, which are included in this category because their rate of formation is extremely slow
  • Some resources are naturally depleted without human intervention, the most notable of these being radioactive elements, such as uranium, which naturally decays into heavy metals
  • Of the non-renewable resources, metallic minerals can be reused by recycling, but coal and petroleum cannot be recycled
  • Anything that we find under the ground: coal, oil, natural gas, uranium, iron ore, copper, nickel are exhaustible natural resources
  • Every resource is exhaustible, except solar power, wind power, tidal and wave power, and thermal power
  • The global extraction and consumption of natural resources will continue to increase dramatically unless measures are implemented to reduce the overall amounts of resource use
  • Minerals are exhaustible natural resources
  • The large-scale exploitation of minerals began in the Industrial Revolution around 1760 in England and has grown rapidly since then
  • This increase will mainly be driven by increasing consumption in the developing countries
  • In order to achieve substantial changes in our resource use, we do need to make changes in our current lifestyles, such as
    • Sticking to vegetarian diet and reducing the consumption of non vegetarian food
    • Traveling by public transport or bicycle
    • Avoiding travel by private transport such as private car and airplane