Natural Resources

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Natural Resources A natural resource is defined as a natural material found on earth that is useful for humans in some way. It is often processed of manufactured in order for it to meet the needs of a society. Resources then differ spatially, as different people have different needs and therefore require different resources, and temporally as a society grows and advances their needs will change and so to their resources. Natural resources range from minerals and metals to people (their labor and skills). (Kleeman 1997, Pashley 1996, Plant 1998) In this response 2 major sample studies will be used, these are, water and energy (in the form of uranium) on a variety of scales. Reference List Internet The Uranium Information Centre. http://www.uic.com.au/ Sydney water http://www.sydneywater.com.au/ Sydney Catchment Authority http://www.sca.nsw.gov.au/ http://www.urg.org.au/waste/pangea.htm http://www.mirrar.net/ Book KLEEMAN (1997) Global Interactions: A Senior Geography Rigby Heinemann, Australia PLANT (1998) Get Smart Study Guide Science Press, Australia PASHLEY (1996) Excel HSC Pascal Press, Australia Natural resources are natural materials found on earth that is useful for humans in some way (Kleeman 1997) They can be divided into categories. Diagram 1 shows the 4 types of natural resources and an example of each. From the above we can see that coal is an example of an exhaustible resource, this means there exists a finite stocks. These resources are non renewable in the ascertainable future. Renewable resources, have the potential to be renewed. Forests will be replenished over time after they have been harvested for human n... ... middle of paper ... ...ines this limits supply. Conclusion Natural resources are present in different categories : exhaustible, renewable, recyclable and continuous. On a global scale spatial and temporal variations on the distribution and production and consumption rates and levels exist. Differences in production and consumption of natural resources arise because of environmental, social, economic, and political factors. In the finding, processing, consuming, producing, and development of natural resources issues emanate. These issues include that of a social, political, economic, environmental, and technological nature, But management strategies are formed and utilized to confront these issues. Management strategies are based on the conservation of natural resources and maximizing their efficiency in meeting the needs of society without damaging people or the environment.

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