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Limited Resource Definition

Limited resources could run out. There might not be enough for everyone in the future.

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Natural Resources

Fun Facts

  • Freshwater is a limited resource because most Earth's water is salty ocean water.
  • One way to conserve limited resources like fossil fuels is to carpool.
  • Fossil fuels are limited resources that could run out in less than 80 years.

Why Do We Need To Know About Limited Resource

Learning about things we can run out of, like natural gas for cooking and water for farming, shows us why it’s important to use them wisely. For example, we use trees for medicine and metals and rubber to make things, which shows how many jobs need to be careful with resources. This includes jobs in saving the environment and making clean energy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do people use natural resources?
People use natural resources to make things, produce energy and provide water, food and shelter needed to live. Natural resources are even used to make cars and computers.
Can there be shortages of natural resources?
Yes, if we use a lot of them very quickly, there may not be enough for everyone or they could run out. For example, if people eat too many fish from the ocean, that kind of fish may no longer exist.
Why are fossil fuels considered limited resources?
Fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas, formed in the Earth over millions of years. Humans are using up these resources much faster than they are being formed. The process to make fossil fuels happens naturally, but it is very slow.
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