natural resources

the natural wealth of a country, consisting of land, forests, mineral deposits, water, etc.

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World English Dictionary
natural resources
pl n
naturally occurring materials such as coal, fertile land, etc, that can be used by man

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natural resources definition

Factors of production not created (though harnessed) by effort. Minerals and fossil fuels are examples of natural resources.

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Example sentences
The country is rich in natural resources and self-sufficient in oil.
Sustainability asks us to focus on humanity's use of natural resources, and it
  puts climate at the center of discussion.
One hypothesis suggests scarce natural resources are the cause.
Renewable natural resources are those that, with proper care can be maintained
  or even increase.
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