natural resource


Definition of natural resource 

1 natural resources plural : industrial materials and capacities (such as mineral deposits and waterpower) supplied by nature

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He was elected to the Juneau Assembly last year and has worked in the U.S. Coast Guard and for the state departments of natural resources and environmental conservation. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Juneau lawmaker says he won’t run for re-election, endorses former aide," 24 Apr. 2018 Senate Bill 6091 is being heard in the agriculture, water, natural resources and parks committee Monday afternoon. Phuong Le, The Seattle Times, "Washington state’s school construction budget still tied up over water dispute," 5 Jan. 2018 Drama is perhaps the world’s most abundant natural resource. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "This Correction in a New York Times Article About Vagina Selfies Is Really Something," 13 July 2018 Yankeetown residents see natural resources such as the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve as natural protectors against sea-level rise and climate change. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 Inspired by the natural resources of Iceland, Skyn Iceland’s Daily Lotion is a lightweight moisturizer that will relieve stressed skin, leaving it feeling minty and energized. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Cooling Beauty Products That Beat the Heat," 7 July 2018 Desalination Adriana Bruggeman, a professor of hydrology and water management at the Cyprus Institute, a research organization, said no matter what civilians do to conserve water, there is simply not enough of the natural resource to fill the need. NBC News, "Cyprus turns off taps to farmers as fresh water levels drop," 22 June 2018 More than legitimate business is at risk: Sand is a finite natural resource which, like fossil fuels, takes centuries to form — and which humans are using at accelerating rates. Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Sand," 18 May 2018 Soon, and especially when Nestlé’s Poland Spring in Maine became a market force, environmentalists began to decry the privatization of a natural resource. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "A Users Guide to Bottled Water," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of natural resource

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Kids Definition of natural resource

: something (as water, a mineral, forest, or kind of animal) that is found in nature and is valuable to humans

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