A natural resource is defined as a natural material found on earth that is useful
for humans in some way. It is often processed of manufactured in order for it to
meet the needs of a society. Resources then differ spatially, as different people
have different needs and therefore require different resources, and temporally
as a society grows and advances their needs will change and so to their
resources. Natural resources range from minerals and metals to people (their
labor and skills). (Kleeman 1997, Pashley 1996, Plant 1998)
In this response 2 major sample studies will be used, these are, water and
energy (in the form of uranium) on a variety of scales.
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• Air, wind and atmosphere
• Coal, fossil fuels, rock and mineral resources
• Range and pasture
• Water, oceans, lakes, groundwater and rivers [
• Natural resource management is a discipline in the management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals, with a particular focus on how management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations. Natural resource management is interrelated with the concept of sustainable development, a principle that forms a basis for land management and environmental governance throughout the world.
• In contrast to the policy emphases of urban planning and the broader concept of environmental management, Natural resource management specifically focuses on a scientific and technical understanding of resources and ecology and the life-supporting capacity of those resources.
See also: Environmental protection
Conservation biology is the scientific study of the nature and status of Earth's biodiversity with the aim of protecting species, their habitats, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction. It is an interdisciplinary subject drawing on sciences, economics, and the practice of natural resource...