Nonrenewable Resources

Resources that take long to form and may run out

What makes a resource nonrenewable?

When the Earth cannot replace a resource quick enough to meet the needs of people, then it is called nonrenewable. Nonrenewable resources take a very long time to form. If they are not conserved they will run out.

Nonrenewable resources include fossil fuels and soil.

Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels are formed from the remains of organisms (living things) that lived millions of years ago. The organisms were buried in sediments after they died. Millions of years of heat and pressure transformed the remains into fossil fuels.

The three fossil fuels are Coal, Oil (Petroleum), and Natural Gas. These are collected and burned for their energy.

The disadvantages of fossil fuels are that they will eventually run out and they also cause pollution when they are burned.

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