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is a naturally occuring, exploitable material that a society perceives to be useful to its ecomomic and material well-being.
are materials that are replaced or replenished by natural processes. They can be used over and over again.
Renewable resource
come from sources that are virtually inexhaustible, such as the sun, wind, waves, tides, and geothermal energy.
Perpetual resource
renewable if left to nature but can be destroyed if people use them carelessly. (soil, plants, animals)
Potentially renewable resources
exisit in finite amounts or are generated in nature so slowly that for all practical purposes the supply is finite.
Nonrenewable resources
quantities of a resource that can be extracted profitably from known deposits
Proved, or usable reserves
the most abundant fossil fuel.
is extremely hazardous, because the mixture of methane and air is explosive.
Liquified natural gas
fine grained rock containing organic material called kerogen.
oil shale
sandstone saturated with a viscous, high-carbon petroleum called bitumen.
tar sand
The controlled splitting of an atom to release energy.
Nuclear fission
The combining of two atoms of deuterium into a single atom of helium in order to release energy.
Nuclear fusion