What is the Difference Between Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources?
Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
In nature there are two types of resources and those resources are renewable resources and non-renewable resources. Some examples of renewable resources are solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal.
We call these renewable resources because once you use some of it, you’re not going to use it up. In other words, you’re never going to run out of wind, it’s going to continually be there.
So, those are renewable resources. Some examples of non-renewable are coal, oil, natural gas, as well as other fossil fuels. The other one is minerals. These are all non-renewable resources.
Now, some of these would form again by the natural processes of the earth but it would take a really long time and so they don’t renew themselves on a timescale that works for human society. Once they’re used up, we could consider them gone so these are non-renewable resources.
Now there are some resources that are generally renewable but if not used in the right way they can be non-renewable so I’ll write them in between the two sections. They are timber, wild fish stock, and aquatic food resources.
All of these are renewable because trees continually plant other trees and there’s going to be more fish and food grows again. But if someone were to go in and use all the timber for lumber purposes from a forest so there were no trees left and there’d be no trees there to have more seeds for other trees.
Then you would have a problem and no more trees would come up there. These are renewable resources, but if someone doesn’t manage them well then, they can become non-renewable resources.