We know that resources obtained from nature are called natural resources. They are broadly classified into two based on the exhaustibility.
- Renewable Resources
- Non-renewable Resources
Resources found in abundance in nature and can be used again and again are called renewable resources. These resources are non-depletable and replenishable in nature. This renewable resource is further divided into:
- Exhaustible Natural Resources
- Inexhaustible Natural Resources
1. Exhaustible Natural Resources:
These are natural resources found in limited quantity in nature and can be depleted with overuse by humans, for example, soil, groundwater, etc.
Exhaustible natural resources
2. Inexhaustible Natural Resources:
These are natural resources found in unlimited quantity in nature and cannot be depleted with overuse by humans, for example, sunlight, air etc.
Inexhaustible natural resources
They are found limited in nature and are called non-renewable resources. These resources are depletable and non-replenishable in nature with overuse by humans, for example, coal, petroleum, natural gas etc.
Non-renewable resources coal mining