Those resources that are drawn directly fromthe nature and used without muchmodification are known as natural resources .For example , air , water , soil , minerals , etc.
Division of natural resourcesOn the basis of originOn the basis of stages of developmentOn the basis of renewabilityOn the basis of DistributionHuman resources
On the basis of origin Biotic resources Abiotic resources
All living things are included in bioticresources . These are also called organic orliving resources . All type of animals andplants are its examples.
Abiotic resources are non living things . Theseresources are also called inorganic resource ornonliving resources . All type of nonlivingresources such as , soil , rocks , minerals , etc.
On the basis of stages of development Actual resources Potential resources
These are the resources whose quantity is known.These resources are being used in the present.Example - The rich deposits of coal in Ruhr regionof Germany.
These are the resources whose total quantity may notbe known.These resources are not being used at present. Thesecould be used in the future.For e.g. Uranium found in ladakh.
On the basis of renewability Renewable resources Non-renewable resources
Renewable resources are replaced through naturalprocesses at a rate that is equal to or greater thanthe rate at which they are used, and depletion isnot a worry . For e.g. air , wind , etc.
Nonrenewable resources are exhaustible and areextracted faster than the rate at which they formed.For e.g. fossil fuels.
On the basis of Distribution Ubiquitous resources Localised resources
Ubiquitous resources are those resources that arefound everywhere on earth . Examples of ubiquitousresources are land , air , soil etc.
Those resources that are found somewhere are calledthe localised resources . Examples of Localisedresources are iron , gold , copper , silver etc.
Human resources refer to the number as well as the mental& physical abilities of the people . They can make efficientuse of resources through proper management and theirutilization . For e.g. education , intelligence , etc.
Conservation of natural resources refers to themanagement of natural resources such as land , water ,soil, plants and animals, with a particular focus on howmanagement affects the quality of life for both present andfuture generations.