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Natural Resources

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  1. Natural Resources

    Slide 1 - Natural Resources

  2. What are Natural Resources?

    Slide 2 - What are Natural Resources?

    • Any natural material that is used by humans, such as water, petroleum, minerals, forests, and animals.
  3. Renewable Resources

    Slide 3 - Renewable Resources

    • Sources of energy that is replenished quickly enough that it will be used up faster that it can be produced.
  4. Examples of Renewable Resources

    Slide 4 - Examples of Renewable Resources

    • Solar Energy
    • Wind Power
    • Wood
    • Dung
    • Hydroelectricity
    • Geothermal Power
  5. Nonrenewable Resources

    Slide 5 - Nonrenewable Resources

    • Energy sources that are renewed very slowly or not at all.
  6. Examples of Nonrenewable Resources

    Slide 6 - Examples of Nonrenewable Resources

    • Fossil Fuels
    • Coal
    • Petroleum (Oil)
    • Natural Gas
    • Nuclear Energy (Uranium)
    • Ores
  7. Fossil Fuels

    Slide 7 - Fossil Fuels

    • Essential for modern societies
    • Two problems:
    • The supply is limited (nonrenewable)
    • Obtaining them cause environmental problems
  8. Nuclear Energy

    Slide 8 - Nuclear Energy

    • Through the process of nuclear fission, the nuclei of the uranium atom splits producing a tremendous amount of energy.
    • Nuclear energy produces nuclear waste, which is radioactive and remains active for tens of thousands of years.
    • Very expensive to build a nuclear power plant.
  9. Ores

    Slide 9 - Ores

    • Gold, copper, and iron are ores
    • Ores are mined and cause damage to the environment
    • Air pollution
    • Water contamination
    • Erosion
    • Soil degradation
    • Subsidence
    • Underground mine fires
  10. Resource Availability

    Slide 10 - Resource Availability

    • Supply of Nonrenewable Resources
    • Nonrenewable resources vary in their supply
    • Some are very valuable because they rare
  11. Common Objects Human Use from Earth

    Slide 11 - Common Objects Human Use from Earth

    • Common Object
    • Natural Resource Used
    • Renewable or Nonrenewable
    • Cars
    • 15 different metals (ex. iron, lead, and chromium)
    • Nonrenewable
    • Jewelry
    • Precious metals (ex. Silver, gold, and platinum)
    • Gems like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and turquoise
    • Nonrenewable
    • Electronic Appliances
    • Many different metals like copper, mercury, and gold
    • Nonrenewable
    • Clothing
    • Soil to grow fibers such as cotton
    • Sunlight for plants to grow
    • Animals for fur and leather
    • Renewable
    • Food
    • Soil to grow plants
    • Wildlife and agriculture animals
    • Renewable
    • Bottled Water
    • Water from streams
    • Petroleum products to make plastic bottles
    • Nonrenewable and renewable
    • Gasoline
    • Petroleum drilled from wells
    • Nonrenewable
    • Household Electricity
    • Coal, natural gas
    • Nonrenewable and renewable
    • Paper
    • Trees; sunlight soil
    • Renewable
    • Houses
    • Trees for lumber, rock, and minerals
    • Nonrenewable and renewable
  12. Price of Natural Resources

    Slide 12 - Price of Natural Resources

    • Price based on how easy it is to locate and extract
  13. The Politics of Natural Resources

    Slide 13 - The Politics of Natural Resources

    • Politics also helps determine the cost
    • Import and Exporting of resources
    • Example of Oil:
    • 12 countries have approximately 80% of all the world’s oil
    • Biggest users are the US, China, and Japan, which are outside the oil rich region
    • Oil prices can sometimes lead to war between countries
  14. World’s Oil and Gas Reserves

    Slide 14 - World’s Oil and Gas Reserves