Nonrenewable Resources

What are Non-Renewable Resources?

Non-renewable resources, also known as exhaustible resources, are those that exist in limited quantities in nature.

Non-renewable resources are those whose consumption occurs more rapidly compared to the time it takes them to form in nature. Its formation process can take, in some cases, millions of years and its indiscriminate exploitation can lead to its exhaustion.

Some examples of non-renewable resources are:

  • the oil,
  • the minerals,
  • the metals,
  • natural gas,
  • products derived from fossil fuels, such as gasoline or diesel.

oil extraction pump

Oil extraction pump, one of the most important non-renewable resources for energy supply.

Non-renewable resources do not enable its sustainability. However, there are recommendations that allow the delay of the disappearance of non-natural resources:

  • Develop other inexhaustible electrical mechanisms such as wind, solar or hydroelectric power.
  • Avoid the use of non-renewable resources as a source of raw material to enable greater environmental sustainability.

Non-renewable resources and renewable resources

Natural resources are classified as non-renewable resources and renewable resources. As renewable resources are those that do not run out, they are naturally regenerated at rates higher than their consumption by humans.

Examples of renewable resources are water, wind, water, geothermal energy, and biofuels.

See also Renewable Resources.

Non-renewable resources and inexhaustible resources

Inexhaustible resources, as indicated by their name, do not run out regardless of the number of productive activities that human beings carry out with the resources. Some of them are wind, sunlight, sea, wave energy, etc.

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