Renewable and Nonrenewable Natural Resources

Nonrenewable resources are resources that can’t be replaced or take a long time to replace. These resources cannot be renewed and take a long time to form. That means that the time to replace the resources is never or longer than a human lifetime.  Examples of nonrenewable resources are coal, oil, natural gas, and ores like iron and aluminum. Because they take a long time to replace, we have to use nonrenewable resources very carefully and strategically. Renewable resources are resources that can be replaced and do not run out. Renewable means that we can constantly renew or make/get more of these resources. They can be replaced in a human lifetime or less. Examples of renewable resources are water, sunlight, and wind. These natural resources are all around us and do not run out.

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