Earth Science

Natural Resources

Materials Humans Use

Study Tip
Remember that the resources found in everyday items may be renewable or nonrenewable, and an object may contain some of each.

Common Materials We Use from the Earth

  • People depend on natural resources for everything that keeps us fed, sheltered, and entertained
Study Tip
Remember that the resources found in everyday items may be renewable or nonrenewable, and an object may contain some of each.
Study Tip
The same way a person may cast a shadow over another person when they stand under the sun, planets or celestial bodies that have aligned themselves cast shadows over one another as well.
Common Object
Natural Resources Used
Are These Resources Renewable or Nonrenewable?
Cars
15 different metals, such as iron, lead, and chromium to make the body  
Precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum
Nonrenewable
Jewelry
Gems like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, turquoise
Nonrenewable
Electronic Appliances (TV’s, computers, DVD players, cell phones, etc.)
Many different metals, like copper, mercury, gold
Nonrenewable
Clothing
Soil to grow fibers such as cotton
Sunlight for the plants to grow
Animals for fur and leather
Renewable
Food
Soil to grow plants
Wildlife and agricultural animals
Renewable
Bottled Water
Water from streams or springs
Petroleum products to make plastic bottles.
Nonrenewable and Renewable
Gasoline
Petroleum drilled from wells
Nonrenewable
Household Electricity
Coal, natural gas, solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power
Nonrenewable and Renewable
Paper
Trees for timber
Renewable
Houses
Rocks and minerals for construction materials, such as granite and gravel
Nonrenewable and Renewable
Concept Check
  • What resources are important to you that are renewable? Nonrenewable?
  • What resources do you use that you could use less or not use at all?
  • How might one of these resources go from being renewable to nonrenewable?