Non-renewable Resource

Definition - What does Non-renewable Resource mean?

A Non-renewable resource is the resource that perishes slowly if used extensively and cannot be replenished or used again. Once non-renewable resources are used, they are gone. Therefore, these resources are also called conventional resources, which means they are finite resources and will be exhausted one day. These resources may develop again, however, it takes millions and billions of years for them to develop naturally and be used again by the present human race.

Petropedia explains Non-renewable Resource

Non-renewable resources were formed millions of years ago because of natural climatic changes in the earth’s ecological system wherein the organic material in the presence of heat and pressure decayed and became a natural occurring fuel in the belly of the earth’s crust. A non-renewable resource is a carbon based organically derived fuel. Some of the resources that fall under the category of non-renewable resources are as follows:

  • Minerals and ores found under the earth’s surface.
  • Fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum (crude oil) and natural gas deposits.
  • Groundwater
These fuels when burnt under controlled environment produce extreme amount of heat and energy. Burning non-renewable resources has repercussions such as environmental pollution and health hazards and is one of the prime reasons for global warming. However, technologies are being developed to make use of renewable resources at certain extent so that the overall impact on the society such as carbon emissions, pollution levels, etc., can be brought down.
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