Define natural resources

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Climate Change
Earth System
Food Waste
Forest Preservation
Genetic Engineering
Natural Resources
Ocean Acidification
Ozone Depletion
Renewable Energy
Waste Water

Water Scarcity
Waste and Recycling
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Types of Natural Resources

All Natural Resources fall under two main categories:
Renewable and Non-renewable Resources. The table below will help us understand this better.Natural resource categories
What are Renewable resourcesRenewable resources
Renewable resources are those that are constantly available (like water) or can be reasonably replaced or recovered, like vegetative lands. Animals are also renewable because with a bit of care, they can reproduce offsprings to replace adult animals. Even though some renewable resources can be replaced, they may take many years and that does not make them renewable.

If renewable resources come from living things, (such as trees and animals) they can be called
organic renewable resources.

If renewable resources come from non-living things, (such as water, sun and wind) they can be called
inorganic renewable resources.

What are non-renewable resourcesNon-renewable resources
Non-renewable resources are those that cannot easily be replaced once they are destroyed. Examples include fossil fuels. Minerals are also non-renewable because even though they form naturally in a process called the rock cycle, it can take thousands of years, making it non-renewable. Some animals can also be considered non-renewable, because if people hunt for a particular species without ensuring their reproduction, they will be extinct. This is why we must ensure that we protect resources that are endangered.

Non-renewable resources can be called inorganic resources if they come from non-living things. Examples include include, minerals, wind, land, soil and rocks.

Some non-renewable resources come from living things — such as fossil fuels. They can be called organic non-renewable resources.

What are Metallic and Non-metallic ResourcesMetallic and Non-metallic Resources
Inorganic resources may be metallic or non-metallic. Metallic minerals are those that have metals in them. They are harder, shiny, and can be melted to form new products. Examples are iron, copper and tin. Non-metallic minerals have no metals in them. They are softer and do not shine. Examples include clay and coal.

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