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When did the world population reach 1 billion? Six billion?
What is the total land area of the United States in acres? Square miles?
How much water do Americans use each day?
Of that water use, how much is actually "used up"?
Wild deer can be a traffic hazard. Are they also considered a natural resource?
True or false? The United States has more land in forests today than in the 1600s.
True or false? More wood is produced in U.S. forests today than in the 1600s.
True or false? The ultimate source of most of the energy we use is the sun.
True or false? Estimates of U.S. natural gas reserves have dropped in the past 50 years as we have used up the supply.
Are our minerals considered an exhaustible or an inexhaustible resource?

DISCuSSION QuESTIONS
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Nature's resources once seemed limitless. Explain why this is no longer true.
What is a natural resource?
How does the usefulness of a natural resource change over time? What factors affect usefulness most?
Please explain why so much of the land in the United States is not suitable for farming. Describe how much
of the land in the United States is suitable for farming and how much is suitable for crop production.
Describe how many species of wild animals, birds, and fish have become extinct in this country since colonial
times. Explain what factors most commonly lead to extinction.
What was the forested area in this country 300 years ago? What is it today? Explain how it can be that our
smaller forest area produces more wood today.
Describe some of our key mineral resources and what our known reserves are today.
Discuss two very good arguments given in the chapter for carefully maintaining our natural resources for
recreation.

SuggESTED ACTIVITIES
1. Make a list of the natural resources in your community. Include soil resources; water resources; forest
resources; fish and wildlife resources; metals, minerals, and energy resources; and outdoor recreation resources.
Remember, a natural resource is something that occurs in nature and that is useful to people. Also remember
that there are many kinds of usefulness.
2. Prepare a report for discussion in class on any one type of natural resource. Each class member should select
a different natural resource to discuss.
3. Do an Internet search to make a list of agencies that manage U.S. natural resources.


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