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Unformatted text preview: The ability to predict floods, earthquakes, or other natural disasters gives us the ability to warn people in certain areas to seek safety. We depend heavily on the Earth’s natural resources for our survival. Every American (according to Mineral Information Institute) has 18,000 kg (40,000 lbs.) mined for them annually, excluding energy sources. Per capita consumption of energy in America is 8,000 kg. The demand for these resources causes us to extract them with little concern of the balance of nature. Some methods of extraction can further contaminate the Earth; causing major complications to ourselves. Pg.10...
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- Spring '08
- Geology, per capita consumption, Information Institu te