Natural Resources Essay

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Natural Resources

A natural resource is defined as a natural material found on earth that is useful for humans in some way. It is often processed of manufactured in order for it to meet the needs of a society. Resources then differ spatially, as different people have different needs and therefore require different resources, and temporally as a society grows and advances their needs will change and so to their resources. Natural resources range from minerals and metals to people (their labor and skills). (Kleeman 1997, Pashley 1996, Plant 1998)
In this response 2 major sample studies will be used, these are, water and energy (in the form of uranium) on a variety of scales.
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Renewability is then often dependent on proper management over time. Recyclable resources are also renewable but can recycled indefinitely through reprocessing. These resources will not always come back in the same form after undergoing recycling. Glass bottles can be recycled into furniture, windows, ornaments, etc. Continuous resources are continually renewable. Solar energy will always exist and can be harnessed and used without concern for recycling or replenishment time. It can be said that it will never be finite and the supply will always be greater than the demand.

Question 3
Natural Resource: Uranium
A variety issues arise when uranium is found, extracted, processed, consumed, and disposed of. Management strategies are in place to combat these issues.

Environmental Issues
The use of uranium produces waste has an impact on the environment. Waste produced is radioactive and therefore hazardous, depending on the waste's level of radioactivity and half life it will remain hazardous for a long period of time. The environmental issue effecting uranium is waste disposal. The view below is from Pangia Resources, a US company that seeks to dispose of nuclear waste in outback Australia. "nuclear waste is a problem that won't go away, that the best known way of dealing with it is putting it somewhere in stable rocks, that these rocks must be away from population centres"
(Campaign for a Nuclear Free Future - Update 17 Dec