Natural Resources:

The Earth provides numerous resources that we need and consume in our day-to-day lives. Much of what the Earth produces is non-renewable meaning that is can't be replenished within a person's lifetime. Coal, natural gas, oil and minerals and ores are examples of resources that cannot be replenished. Since the Industrial revolution started we have increasingly consumed our non-renewable resources. With China, Brazil and India rapidly becoming more like the United States the rates of natural resource depletion are escalating. We must turn to using renewable and alternative forms of energy and materials. Nuclear energy research is slowly discovering how to harness the power of fusion, combining two Helium atoms, which will remove the current radioactive risks of splitting a Uranium-235 nucleus and become an excellent source of energy.


Fossil Fuels: Coal, Natural Gas, Oil

Common Minerals: Aluminum, Antimony, Barium, Bauxite, Berylium, Chromite, Clays, Cobalt, Copper, Feldspar, Fluorite, Gallium, Gold, Haltite, Indium, Iron Ore, Lead, Lithium, Manganese, Mica, Molybdenum, Nickel, Perlite, Platinum Group Metals, Phosphate Rock, Potash, Pyrite, Quartz (silica), Silica, Silver, Sodium Carbonate, Sulfur, Tantalum, Titanium, Tungsten, Uranium, Vanadium, Zeolites, Zinc.

Rare Earth Elements: Lanthanum, Cerium, Praseodymium, Neodymium, Promethium, Samarium, Europium, Gadolinium, Terbium, Dysprosium, Holmium, Erbium, Thulium, Ytterbium and Lutetium


Renewable resources can be regrown or be replaced within a person's lifespan. Examples include air, water, sun, wind, animals, plants, trees and soil. These all move in cycles.

Power can be generated from these renewable natural resources: Wind, Solar, Biomass (the use of plant matter and animal waste), Geothermal (using heated water and steam from the Earth), and Hydroelectric (using flowing water to move turbines).

Many technologies are dependent on Rare Earth Elements which are largely sourced by China. Finding new sources and alternatives to these Elements and designing ways to recycle and / or reclaim from waste or scrap will become more and more critical.


Periodic Table of Elements
House Committee on Natural Resources
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Natural Resources Defense Council
EPA - Superfund for cleanup
IEA - Coal
IEA - Oil
IEA - Natural Gas
5 Types of Clean Energy - Goldman Sachs
DOE - Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy News
Nuclear Fusion Power
Nuclear Matters