Natural Resources

  • W. H. Parker

Abstract

A resource is some aspect of the natural environment that can be used by man to his advantage. Whether the occurrence of a physical commodity or natural process is a resource or not depends therefore on the state of knowledge of the men in whose possession it lies. Uranium did not become a significant resource until the discovery of nuclear fission. As technology advances, some materials lose their resource value because they cease to be needed, while others may acquire resource status for the first time.

Keywords

Clay Titanium Graphite Zirconium Petroleum 

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Notes

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