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windmillsNatural Resources – resources (actual and potential) supplied by nature

Resources – available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed

Land Resources – natural resources in the form of arable land

Mineral Resources – natural resources in the form of minerals

Renewable Resources – any natural resource (as wood or solar energy) that can be replenished naturally with the passage of time

-Dictionary.com. WordNet® 3.0. Princeton University. (Accessed: July 01, 2013)

Natural Resources:

Anything that is provided by nature, such as deposits of minerals, quality of land, old-growth forests, fish populations, etc.  The availability of particular natural resources is an important determinant of comparative advantage and trade in products that depend on them.  Natural resources are primary factors of production.

-Investorwords.com. ©2013 by WebFinance, Inc. (Accessed: July 01, 2013)

global solar panelsNatural resources encompass ecosystems, wildlife and habitat preservation, environmental protection, biodiversity and conservation of forests, water and energy resources. Renewable energy and energy efficiency promote savings and health benefits and provide opportunities for economic growth and sustainable development. Expanding wind, solar, geothermal and sustainable biomass will power a new clean energy economy for all Americans. Ensuring that the benefits of energy efficiency are available to all communities will not only reduce dependence upon fossil fuels, it will spur business and industry growth while broadly distributing the advantages of cleaner power and transportation, green and healthy homes and buildings, pollution prevention and jobs in manufacturing, construction and operations.