Natural resources that can be replaced and
reused by nature are termed renewable.
Renewable resources are replaced through
natural processes at a rate that is equal to or
greater than the rate at which they are
used, and depletion is usually not a worry.
Some common examples include:
Living organisms (trees)
Trees: A renewable resource
Nonrenewable resources are in a fixed
amount and can only be replaced by processes
that take millions of years.
Nonrenewable resources are exhaustible and are
extracted faster than the rate at which they formed.
Some common examples are:
Fossil fuels (coal, petroleum,
Types of metals and ores
Oil: A nonrenewable resource
It is a broad term that includes both crude oil
and natural gas. Crude oil is a thick, black
liquid mixture of naturally occurring
hydrocarbons (compounds containing
hydrogen and carbon) that forms from the
buried remains of marine organisms.
solar and other
The United States’ energy consumption resources as of 2007
Gas/diesel oil (distilled fuel
Liquefied petroleum gases
Other oil products
Refinery gas (not liquefied)