Q:

What are the natural resources of Great Britain?

A:

Quick Answer

Great Britain has a variety of geological natural resources, including coal, natural gas, petroleum, limestone, chalk, salt, iron ore, slate, clay, zinc, tin, silver, gold and lead. Arable land is also an important natural resource. Twenty-five percent of Great Britain's land is used for farming, and 46 percent is pasture land used for grazing livestock.

Continue Reading
What are the natural resources of Great Britain?
Credit: Ian Forsyth / Stringer Getty Images News Getty Images

Full Answer

Historically, coal has been Britain's richest natural resource. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the British produced enough coal to meet most of their own energy needs. In 1970, they were the world's third largest producer of coal. While Britain still has large coal deposits, it has become more economical to produce coal in other countries, and British production has declined steadily. During the 1960s, oil and gas were discovered under the North Sea, and studies showed huge reserves of shale gas below the North Sea floor.

At one time, Great Britain was a significant producer of minerals such as tin and iron oxide. The Cornwall region once had 2,000 tin mines and was one of the world leaders in tin production. Over the course of centuries, Britain's mineral wealth has been depleted, and most of the minerals mined in Britain are those used in construction, such as gravel, sand and limestone.

Learn more about United Kingdom

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are North Korea's natural resources?

    A:

    The nation of North Korea has a number of natural resources, including tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, coal, iron ore, petroleum, gold, copper, pyrites, hydropower, fluorspar and salt. Most of these resources are dwindled or untapped because of poor government management and a failing economy that cannot make adequate use of them.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are New York's natural resources?

    A:

    New York's natural resources include minerals and elements such as lead, talc and zinc as well as petroleum, salt, fertile soils and rich clay deposits. New York has a diverse topography and numerous climate regions, which explains its large variety of natural resources.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some natural resources of New Mexico?

    A:

    Natural resources in New Mexico include coal, copper, gold, zinc, lead, petroleum and natural gas. New Mexico is also one of the heaviest producers of uranium and potassium salts in the United States.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the natural resources of Missouri?

    A:

    Missouri's natural resources include lead, zinc, iron ore, dolomite, barite, limestone, copper, granite, marble, sandstone, soil for agricultural activities, and numerous lakes and rivers. Missouri produces 90 percent of the nonrecycled lead in the United States, as of August 2014. Agricultural products include soybeans, corn, hay, cattle, turkeys and chickens.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore