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Renewable resource
resource that can be replaced over short time spans like months or years (examples: plants and animals for food, fibers for clothes, trees for wood and paper)
Nonrenewable resource
resource that takes millions of years to form (examples: oil, coal, gas, iron, gold)
Fossil fuel
any hydrocarbon that can be used as energy (examples: coal, oil and natural gas)
Ore
metallic mineral that can be mined for profit (examples: gold, silver, copper, lead, mercury, platinum, nickel)
Hydroelectric power
the power that falling water generates makes turbines produce electricity (example: dam)
Geothermal energy
natural underground stores of steam and hot water (example: geyser)
Point source pollution
pollution that comes from known location (examples: factory or leaking storage tank)
Nonpoint source pollution
pollution that doesn't have a specific source (examples: pesticides from fields and lawns, oil from streets)
Runoff
water that flows over land rather than seeping into the ground
Global warming
the unnatural warming of the Earth's lower atmosphere. caused by burning of fossil fuels-- the major source of pollution
Conservation
the careful use of resources
Compost
partially decomposed organic material that is used for fertilizer (examples: animal manure or composted plant scraps)
Recycling
the collecting and processing of used items to make into new products (examples: plastic bottles, soda cans)