Nonrenewable resources

In the world, there are a series of natural riches that help us to generate supplies for daily life , however, with the inappropriate use of them, we find that many times we ourselves are the ones who are extinguishing many of these riches, the resources do not renewable , they are essential and it is necessary to raise awareness in their care and proper use, in order to continue enjoying their benefits.

What are non-renewable resources?

These are products of natural origin , which at some point in history will become impossible to reproduce with the same speed or quality.

  • Definition
  • Characteristics of non-renewable resources
  • Applications
  • Profits
  • Countries and their non-renewable resources
  • Importance
  • Examples of non-renewable resources


They are defined as all natural reserves that will inevitably disappear at some point since it is not possible to produce, cultivate or regenerate them to sustain their normal rate of consumption.

Characteristics of non-renewable resources

The main characteristics of non-renewable resources are the following:

  • Its existence is exhausted.
  • After being consumed it cannot be recovered.
  • This resource  can be stored in order to use them later.
  • The supplies and infrastructure used are accessible because, as we mentioned, they have existed for a long time.
  • Their dependence is mainly based on the demand or shortage of a particular product or item.
  • It is not an environmental method, because in its use there is a danger of contamination either on land, in the air or in the sea.


One of the main uses of non-renewable resources is to generate energy for human transportation . For example energy for vehicles, airplanes, ships, etc.

They are also used in jewelry, electronic devices, packaging …


  • They are easy to remove.
  • Its great availability.
  • Its great continuity.

Countries and their non-renewable resources


  • Iron: It is a dark gray mineral and constitutes one of the most important metals. The most important iron deposits in Venezuela are located south of the Orinoco River , in the mountainous complex of Imataca, Bolívar state, where the Cerro Bolívar, El merey, El Pao, Las Grullas and Piacoa mines are located.
  • Bauxite: It is a mineral from which aluminum is obtained. The first bauxite quarries are located in the states of Bolívar and Delta Amacuro.
  • Oil: It is a dark colored mineral, a variety of fuels and lubricants are produced from it, as well as it can be used to make medicines, plastic objects, etc. In Venezuela there are 5 basins from which it is extracted.


  • Copper: Its extraction is located in the north of Chile , it is considered the most important mineral in the country, however there are also other types such as iron and lithium.
  • Rivers, lakes and lagoons (sources of fresh water ): Considered a non-renewable natural resource, since fresh water is increasingly scarce, located in the southern part of the country.
  • Oil, gas and coal: Located in the Austral zone, this being the zone where the greatest amount of said resources is found.


The natural resources nonrenewable resources are exhaustible and increasingly environmental agencies are creating rules and laws to curb the indiscriminate exploitation of these resources.

These mineral resources are widely exploited and are important as a source of energy for humans (coal, oil, natural gas ). The main sources of energy come from non-renewable resources , considered economically important and generators of wealth for the countries that exploit them.

Examples of non-renewable resources

Some examples that help us better understand what non-renewable resources are are the following:

  • The minerals: gold, iron, copper, silver and others.
  • Nuclear energy .
  • Combustible fossil oil, gas or coal

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