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Types of Resources

Renewable, Nonrenewable & Perpetual

TermDefinition
resource something that we use; it fills a need that helps us function and go about our daily lives.
natural resource a resource that is provided to us by "Mother Nature" or the Earth.
Synthesize to make
renewable resource replaces itself unless it is overused. If we use it carefully and wisely it will be replenished by the processes of nature.
example of renewable resources animal, plant life, frewh water (streams, ponds, lakes, and rivers).
nonrenewable resource natural resource existing in fixed amounts.
fixed limited, once used it can not be used again.
example of nonrenewable resource fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), and minerals.
perpetual resources have plenty and they are inexhaustible
example of perpetual resources sunlight, wind, geothermal heat (geysers) and tides
harvest collect
recycle a product or resource can be reused
reprocessed a used resource can be made into something different so it can be used again.
example of things that can be recycled or reprocessed metals, aluminum, some plastic products.
reuse a resource we can use and reuse with little or no change.
example of something reused when you refill a water container.
sustainable resource a resource that is used up at the same speed that it is renewed (replanting trees, animals reproduce)....it replaces itself.
a field of corn (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) renewable
oil in the Arctic tundra (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) nonrenewable
coal in the Appalachian Mountains (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) nonrenewable
sunshine everywhere (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) perpetual
tides in the Bay of Fundy (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) perpetual
trees in a forest (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) renewable
tuna in the ocean (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) renewable
gold mines in the western US (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) nonrenewable
a breeze over the Texas plains (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) perpetual
salmon in streams (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) renewable
chickens (renewable, nonrenewable, or perpetual) renewable
Created by: cmsbuckman