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
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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…