Renewable resource

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A renewable resource is any natural resource that is depleted at a rate slower than the rate at which it regenerates. A resource must have a way of regenerating itself in order to qualify as renewable.

Renewable resources include oxygen, fresh water and biomass. Renewable resources may include materials such as wood and leather.

Plastics, gasoline, coal, natural gas and other items produced from fossil fuels are nonrenewable because no mechanisms replenish them. The abiogenic petroleum origin theory may be such a mechanism but petroleum is currently being depleted at a rate far exceeding discoveries of fields which could qualify as abiogenic in origin.

See also

ru:Возобновляемые ресурсы

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