Biosphere has two types of components:
Natural resources are of two main types
Inexhaustible natural resources:
Exhaustible natural resources:
Comparison between renewable and non-renewable resources
|Renewable resources||Non-renewable resources|
|Replenished within reasonable time.||Replenishment is not possible.|
|Could be used forever provided they are used in limited amounts.||
These resources will ultimately lessen and get exhausted.
|Their availability can be increased only by enhancing replenishment.||Their increased exploitation will result in quick exhaustion.|
|They are both abiotic and biotic.||They are abiotic.|
|Examples of Renewable resources are forest, wildlife, soil and underground water.||Examples of Non-renewable resources are minerals, fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum.|
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