What are natural resources?Exact definition

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bandmanjoe eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Natural resources are those attributes found in nature as they occur naturally, undisturbed by mankind.  Basically, when you examine an ecosystem that is in its natural state, whatever you find existing there may be termed a natural resource.  Examples of natural resources would be forests, which provide shelter to existing wildlife.  They may also be harvested for the timber they would produce.  Fresh water supply is a natural resource that is essential for life on Earth, plant and animal.  The soil of the ecosystem is an important resource in terms of agricultural usage, its ability to produce crops.  The minerals and fossil fuels underlying the soil are considered important natural resources, providing lucrative avenues with their successful mining.  Wildlife and fish may be considered important natural resources; the state of Louisiana bills itself as the "Sportsmans Paradise" in terms of hunting and fishing.

hmshah98knic | Student

Natural resources occur naturally within environments that exist relatively undisturbed by mankind, in a natural form.  Natural resources are derived from the environment. Some of them are essential for our survival while most are used for satisfying our wants. Natural resources may be further classified in different ways.

Natural resources are materials and components (something that can be used) that can be found within the environment. Every man-made product is composed of natural resources (at its fundamental level). A natural resource may exist as a separate entity such as fresh water, and air, as well as a living organism such as a fish, or it may exist in an alternate form which must be processed to obtain the resource such as metal ores, oil, and most forms of energy.

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