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  1. Non-renewable resource

    A non-renewable resource (also called a finite resource) is a natural resource that cannot be readily replaced by natural means at a pace quick enough to keep up with consumption. An example is carbon-based fossil fuels. The original organic matter, with the aid of heat and pressure, becomes a fuel such as oil or gas. Earth minerals and metal ores, fossil fuels (coal, petroleum, natural gas) and groundwater in certain aquifers are all considered non-renewable resources, though individual elements are always conserved (except in nuclear reactions, nuclear decay or atmospheric escape). Conversely, resources such as timber (when harvested sustainably) and wind (used to power energy conversion systems) are considered renewable resources, largely because their localized replenishment can occur within time frames meaningful to humans as well.

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  1. Non-renewable resource

    A non-renewable resource is a resource that does not renew itself at a sufficient rate for sustainable economic extraction in meaningful human timeframes. An example is carbon-based, organically-derived fuel. The original organic material, with the aid of heat and pressure, becomes a fuel such as oil or gas. Fossil fuels, and certain aquifers are all examples of non-renewable resources. Metal ores are other examples of non-renewable resources. The metals themselves are present in vast amounts in the earth's crust which can never be exhausted, and which are continually being concentrated and replenished over time scales of millions of years, however their extraction by humans only occurs where they are concentrated by natural processes to a level that is economically extractable, and where these processes occur, or are brought near, the earth's surface, generally over tens of thousands to millions of years. As such, localised deposits of metal ores near the surface which can be extracted economically by humans are non-renewable in human timeframes, but on a world scale metal ores as a whole are inexhaustible, because the amount ultimately available vastly exceeds human demand, on all timeframes. In other words, metal ores are non-renewable, but generally inexhaustible. In this respect, metal ores are considered vastly greater in supply to fossil fuels because metal ores are formed by crustal scale processes which make up a much larger portion of the earth's near-surface environment than those that form fossil fuels, and without the need for specialized conditions where carbon based life flourishes and fossil fuels can form.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of non-renewable resource in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of non-renewable resource in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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