Topic: Natural Resources Global Distribution
Throughout history, mankind has depended on the environment for survival. Even before the dawn of technology, humans needed food in the form of plants and/or animals, wood to build shelter, and fresh sources of drinking water to live. As technology progressed, humans started using more materials from their surroundings to manufacture tools, weapons, and supplies. Materials that come from the environment are called natural resources. Natural resources are the land and raw materials that occur naturally in the environment. Today, there are established political boundaries that divide up the natural resources of the earth. Each country manages its own natural resources, selling what it has in excess and buying what it lacks.
Think about an average home. What are the raw materials needed to make the products that are found in homes? From the buildingâ€™s structure, to all of the belongings and food found within, the materials and resources had to come from somewhere. With todayâ€™s global market, people have the ability to ship materials all around the globe. Economies depend on this movement of goods to thrive. These resources include things like crops, animals, oil, coal, natural gas, gold, silver, copper, iron, diamonds, and water just to name a few.
This week, you will think more about what resources exist around the globe and how they are managed. Some of these resources are renewable, meaning that they can be replaced or replenished. Others are considered non-renewable because they cannot be replaced once they are consumed, or can only be replaced over geologic time (thousands of years). Another term that is often used in conjunction with natural resources is â€œsustainable.â€ A sustainable resource is one that can be replaced at the rate that it is being used, which supports its long-term use.
The United States is a large country with many natural resources. You can learn more about how the U.S. manages these resources at the following sites:
Committee on Natural Resources. Retrieved from http://naturalresources.house.gov/
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Retrieved from http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/
Natural Resources: EPA. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/energy
This week, you will have to conduct research as follows:
Pick a country that you are interested in learning more about (do not pick the U.S.) and review the countryâ€™s natural resources. If you are having trouble getting started, try typing the name of the country that you are interested in along with â€œnatural resourcesâ€ into a search engine and/or you can take a look at the following site:
The World Factbook: CIA. Retrieved from https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/
Next, select one of the natural resources found in your country of choice above and conduct additional research to determine how it is distributed around the world versus your country of choice.
IMPORTANT: Read through posts made earlier in the week and try not to select a country or natural resource that your classmates have already covered on the Discussion Board.
Be sure to address all Discussion Board topics in an original, well-thought-out, respectful manner. Main posts should fully and completely discuss each question posed and make frequent, informed references to this unit’s material. Engage in ongoing, productive conversation by responding to a minimum of two classmates per topic. Responses to classmates should be at least 50 words. Remember, you will learn more by sharing ideas!
Please note: Borrowed material (quotes, summaries, or paraphrases) should make up no more than 10% of the total word count for all written assignments in this course, including Discussion. All writing must be in your own words and borrowed material must be properly cited and referenced.
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