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What is the difference between renewable resources and nonrenewable resources? What is...

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Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM via web

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What is the difference between renewable resources and nonrenewable resources? What is the difference between renewable resources and nonrenewable resources? Provide an example of each type of resource. Describe the pros and cons to each example selected.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM (Answer #2)

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Renewable resources can be grown.  They are not finite.  Nonrenewable resources are finite, because there is only a certain amount and then they are gone.  For example, fossil fuels are non-renewable because we cannot make more of them, but corn is renewable because we can grow more.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 13, 2013 at 2:05 AM (Answer #3)

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Typically, the pro of nonrenewable resources is that they are relatively cheap when compared to renewable resources.  For example, it is much cheaper at this point to produce electricity using natural gas or coal than it is to produce it using wind power or solar power.  So, price is a major pro of nonrenewables and a major con of renewables, at least in the area of energy.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 13, 2013 at 3:58 PM (Answer #4)

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Bamboo and corn are renewable resources, used for various ends. Bamboo is a fast growing crop, making it cheaper than other wood that takes longer to mature. It is also quite durable and engineers are finding more and more uses for bamboo in products. 

Corn is used for food, foodstuffs (like "corn syrup") and fuel. Ethanol is made from corn and can be used to power cars (partially or fully). 

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