Natural resources are those that are generated from the Earth. Two types of natural resources exist: renewable and non-renewable. Renewable resources are used at a slower rate than they are replaced. These include sun, water, wind and plants. Non-renewable resources are used at a faster rate than they are replenished and include natural gas, minerals, coal and oil.
Natural resources in the United States that have a considerable impact on the nation's economy include the land, coastlines and water. As of 2009, the U.S. coastlines have contributed billions of dollars and over two million jobs. Many of these jobs are in the areas of recreation and tourism. Additionally, coastlines in the country provide economic opportunity in the areas of transportation, construction, boating, shipping, and oil and drilling. Farmland provides a nation with fertile soil that is renewable and suitable for agricultural uses. Water present in rivers, streams and lakes is not only beneficial to farmland. It also provides energy and power, such as electricity, to buildings. Oil, gas and coal are all sources of fuel used in the transportation and heating industries.Learn more about Environmental Science