non-renewable resource

  

Definition

A natural resource such as coal, gas, or oil that, once consumed, cannot be replaced. Most energy resources currently in use are non-renewable while the renewable ones (such as wind and solar power) are not well developed. Also called depletable resource.

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  • Because many people worry we will run out of or be unable to access non-renewable resources like oil, a lot of attention has shifted to alternate energy sources like solar power.

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  • As the vampire apocalypse progressed and human blood became a scarce, non-renewable resource, the loathsome bloodsuckers were forced to turn to four legged mammals for sustenance.

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  • The non-renewable resource was of critical concern to the team as they were focusing on the long term viability of the strategy.

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