All of the following would be considered resource depletion EXCEPT what?A. Texas petroleum running out. B. A rain forest in Brazil being burned. C. Plants not growing in overused fields. D. Solar...

All of the following would be considered resource depletion EXCEPT what?

A. Texas petroleum running out.

B. A rain forest in Brazil being burned.

C. Plants not growing in overused fields.

D. Solar energy not reaching the Earth's surface because of haze.

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pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Resource depletion is the process of using up or overusing natural resources. Running out of a nonrenewable resource such as petroleum is an excellent example of resource depletion, as is the destruction of a rain forest (It is important to note here that rain forests, unlike temperate-latitude forests, do not just grow back naturally.)

Plants not growing well in overused fields would be an indication that the soil in those fields is lacking nutrients, so this is an indication of soil depletion, a form of resource depletion.

Solar energy being blocked by atmospheric conditions is not resource depletion, because solar energy, is continuously striking the earth's atmosphere. The fact that some of it may not reach the ground surface does not in any way affect the supply. Solar energy is generally considered to be a renewable resource, so by definition it cannot be depleted.

johnamichi9 | Student

answer choice 1 is the answer because all of the other choices are renewable resources and can grow back or be used another time petroleum is a nonrerenewable resource and can run out so if supplies go low it is considered resource depletion