GEOG130 Lecture9_Environment and Natural Resources

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Environment and Natural Resources Lecture 10 Geog 130
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Environment What is a natural resource? Natural Resource: is anything created through natural processes (limited and none recyclable) that people use and value. Ex. Water, air, oil, gold, etc. What are renewal and nonrenewable resources? Renewal- are replaced continually, at least within a human lifespan. Ex. Solar energy, air, wind, trees, grain. Nonrenewable- form so slowly that for practical purposes, they cannot be replaced when used. Ex. Coal, oil, gas, iron, etc.
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Environment How are resources defined? Cultural value: a society’s cultural values influence people’s decision that a commodity is desirable and acceptable to use. Technology: must be high enough to use the resource or provide multiple uses. Economy system: affects whether a resource is affordable and accessible.
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Case Study How would petroleum be use a natural resource in North America? Cultural value: Individuals need to drive and enjoy the convenience of petroleum to heat and generate electricity. Technology: Petroleum is the preferred fuel in the transportation and industrial sectors. Economy system: Individuals are willing to pay high prices, therefore petroleum continue to be use.
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Religion and Nature Judeo-Christian Perspective- the view that nature was created by God and is subject to God in the same way that a child is subject to parents. Taoist Perspective-
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