Natural resources are anything humans use that are obtained from the Earth. Some natural resources have taken millions of years to form and will not last forever, like fossil fuels. Other natural resources have been around for billions of years and could be around for billions more, like sunlight.
To better understand natural resource distribution…
LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!
Some natural resources are considered renewable; for example, humans produce electricity by harnessing the wind using wind turbines and collecting sunlight with solar panels. These renewable resources can be used continuously and have the protentional to last for millions or even billions of years. Many people are using renewable resources to power their homes. There are even pocket size solar panels you can use to charge things like your cell phone when there is no wall plug around. Scientists think these resources have been around the Earth was created and there is evidence that humans have used these resources for centuries.
Some of Earth’s resources are considered non-renewable, which means they cannot be replenished within a person’s lifetime and include things like fossil fuels, precious metals, and groundwater aquifers. As humans use non-renewable resources, they need to consider alternative products to replace these resources as they continue to be depleted. Currently, scientists are developing alternative ways to power cars, like electricity and hydrogen, to decrease their dependency on fossil fuels. There are other problems with using non-renewable resources such as when extraction damages the environment.