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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Discussion topics will focus on how best to support hundreds of humans living on Mars, such as accessing natural resources there that will lead to a sustainable outpost. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX organizes inaugural conference to plan landings on Mars," 6 Aug. 2018 President Trump nominated Jeffrey Bossert Clark to run the environment and natural resources division in June 2017. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Ending the Nominations Blockade," 9 Oct. 2018 The Michigan Wildlife Council facilitates public conversation about how human activity affects wildlife and highlights the critical role that wildlife management plays in the conservation of the state’s natural resources. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 But the permit also included certain conditions, such as limiting water extraction in drought conditions in order to protect natural resources, according to the Associated Press. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Kennedy's retirement could bring a seismic shift to environmental law," 28 June 2018 The permit would allow extraction only when water is available to protect natural resources in the San Bernardino National Forest northeast of Los Angeles. Christopher Weber,, "U.S. allows Nestle to keep taking water from California forest," 28 June 2018 The fund uses royalties paid by energy companies that drill on the Outer Continental Shelf to protect natural resources. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Senate Kills Trump’s Phony ‘Spending Clawback’ Bill," 20 June 2018 And natural resources agencies in other states have similar structures. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 The township hired a natural resources manager, Michael Losey, to more carefully focus on the butterfly and the township's other natural attractions. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's most endangered species nears extinction in Oakland County," 13 July 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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