Natural Resources and Economic Overview of Each Country
Country A to Z Resource and Economic Overviews
Your A to Z country resource and economic overview categorised from A to Z.
Natural resources are naturally occurring substances obtained from the environment. Essential for our survival, they’re also used to satisfy our desires. As resources become economically valuable, production of the resources entitles the hosting country to a comparative advantage in trade as well as providing a source of wealth.
There are two types of resources, renewable and non-renewable resources. Non-renewable resources have formed for very long geological periods and cannot be replenished once extracted or depleted. However, some of the materials can be recycled. Examples of non-renewable resources include fossil fuels like coal, oil and metallic minerals.
Renewable resources can be replenished or reproduced easily and include water, fish, cattle, wind, solar energy, forests and vines. The time taken for replenishment varies. Some are relatively quick like agricultural growing. Others may take years like forest restorations.
Minerals, soil, timber, salt, fresh water, natural gas, petroleum, coal, animals, fish and agricultural substances are natural resources that have a material source of wealth and are used in trade between countries or are used by its hosting country. We've given detail of each country with its natural resource/s and its current economic standing. Find the alphabet bar near the top of this page, click on the first letter of the name of the country you're interested in and find it in the list.
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