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Resource definition
· Any aspect of the environment that can be used to
meet human demands
· Either natural or human. Natural resources include oil,
forests, water, animals that are considered to be of
value by human populations. Human resources are the
population and their abilities and skills.
· Japan has a low amount of natural resources but has
built up its wealth through high level of skills. Other
countries have large amounts of natural resources but
low levels of economic development…read more

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Resource classification
Semi renewable resources
· E.g. Soil and forests, thought of a renewable as they can
regenerate themselves within a human defined times
frame, although if they are exploited above their natural
rate of replacement then they will become non renewable.
· Water is considered renewable as it is available in vast
quantities around the world. However, some areas struggle
to have enough lean water to meet the rising demand of
their population, meaning water would be non-renewable.
· Therefore the definition of a non renewable resource and
a renewable resource is not often clear cut.…read more

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Resource classification
Flow resources
· Renewable resources that don't need regeneration as
they are in constant supply such as wind, solar and
tidal power. Due to problems with cost and technology
these resources have not been used to their full
potential yet. However the use may increase in the
future due to technological advancements and a
increase in demand as non renewables will decrease in
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Resource classification
Non renewable resources
· E.g. Coal, oil, gas which take millions of years to form
and therefore in human terms they are fixed in the
amount available. Resource depletion occurs quickly
and eventually resources become exhausted and no
longer viable for extraction.
Natural resources
· Can also be classified as abiotic or biotic. Biotic come
from living organisms such as wood. Abiotic do not
come from living organisms and these are resources
such as iron and copper.…read more

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Resources, reserves and supply
· The resource of a mineral which a country has is the
total amount of mineral contained in the earth's crust
within that country's borders.
· The reserve is the fraction of the total resources of
the mineral that can be calculated to exist at
commercially exploitable values under known
technology
· The supply of the mineral is the amount that an be
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