Attention Getting Question:
What do an oak tree, sunlight, and the air we breathe have in common? They are all natural resources!
Natural resources are supplies found in nature that keep you alive and make you comfortable. People and animals are also natural resources. There are energy resources, such as oil or natural gas, and material resources, such as air, water, wood, and minerals.
Look around your classroom right now. The students around you, the air you breathe, the pencil and paper you use for writing, the clothes you wear, and the water you drink are all natural resources or made from or with natural resources. Natural Resources are important! We need to learn about them in order to preserve them.
One type of natural resource is called a renewable resource. This type of resource can be produced again. Water is probably the most important natural resource.Every living thing needs water in order to survive.Water is considered a renewable resource because it moves through the water cycle, but we still need to conserve its use and keep our rivers, lakes, and other water supplies clean. Trees can be cut down for lumber, but they can be planted again. Scientists also consider sunlight, wind, plants, and animals to be renewable resources.
Nonrenewable resources cannot be produced again quickly. They are used much faster than they can be replaced in nature. Some take thousands or millions of years to replace. Coal, oil, and natural gas are nonrenewable resources. These resources are used to produce electricity, make products, and power many machines. If people keep using coal, oil, and natural gas at the same rate, we will run out. That is why scientists are working on alternative energy sources that use renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy.
Soil is a nonrenewable resource that people use to grow crops. It is made up of minerals, air, water, and matter from dead plants and animals. Because it takes so long to replace, it must be protected. Protecting soil from erosion and harmful chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides are just a couple of ways to conserve soil.
With adequate monitoring, preserving, and conserving, natural resources can be protected. Conservation is the use of less of something to make its supply last longer. Monitor yourself with your use of resources. Do you turn lights off when you leave a room or turn the water off while you’re brushing your teeth? People have to be informed to make wise decisions when using natural resources.
Natural resources are supplies found in nature that keep you alive and make you comfortable. Renewable resources can be replaced quickly, but nonrenewable resources take thousands or millions of years to replace. Resources can be conserved in order to protect them from running out as quickly.