Renewable resource

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A type of natural resource that can be replenished or takes a rather short period of time for nature to produce to sustain the rate of consumption. This type of natural resource is easier to reproduce or replenish.


Some renewable resources are so huge in quantity that the human consumption does not cause considerable change in the quantity in the environment. For instance, sunlight, air and wind. Other renewable resources that may depend on the rate of use are agricultural crops and forests.

Compare: nonrenewable resource

See also: natural resource