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Questions tagged [resources]

Resources are essential commodities required by every organism, and usually come at a prize, and are connected with trade-offs.

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How much hydrogen can be extracted from the deep continental crust?

Far below the earth's surface, hydrogen gas is continuously produced through serpentinization. At least some fraction of this hydrogen remains trapped in the deep continental crust; indeed, Soviet ...
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What are secondary resources? [closed]

The Indian Resource Panel shall prepare a strategic roadmap for utilisation of secondary resources for meeting the developmental needs. India is the first country to constitute a National Resource ...
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Will kerosene reserves deplete long before oil?

Assuming that the oil reserves would end at a certain date, would it be expected that the kerosene be no longer used as fuel on a previous date due to the quality fall of barrels? If so, would that ...
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Geological maps of British Columbia

I’ve been doing research into mineral deposits in B.C. I’ve been overlaying old claims maps onto Google Earth maps. Are there any good public maps for metallic minerals for British Columbia online?
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Why does Australia have no chrome?

I've been trying to collect resource data about Australia for a few years. Some good reference sites are AustraliaMinerals.gov.au and AustralianMinesAtlas.gov.au Australia seems to be pretty rich in ...
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Do Antarctic research stations use any of the local resources, like water, or is everything flown in?

There are serious ideas, if not quite yet plans, for space missions to the Moon and Mars to take advantage of in situ resources, such as producing oxygen for propulsion (e.g. for a sample return) out ...
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In search of California ecosystem vegetation field guide

I am searching for an illustrated naturalist handbook to coastal California vegetation (trees, shrubs, wildflowers) organized by ecosystem. For example, there might be sections for coastal dunes (...
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Is there an estimation how much organic matter there is still in the ground?

Oil, gas and coal are produced from organic matter. But is there an estimation how much is there still under the Earth's surface?
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How many BTU per cubic meter does typical paper waste yield when burned in a modern domestic fireplace

I am brewing on an idea where instead of cursing and throwing all our physical junk mail in the paper recycling bin, we process it into pellets to be burned in our fireplace as free fuel. Before I ...
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Mud bricks with shale

I have recently bought a medium sized plot of wood/scrub land. Half of this plot was once used to dump shale from coal mines, which means I have a lot of shale. I have been wondering/looking for ...
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Regeneration rate of nature after environmental catastrophes

It sounds logical, but I wonder if the regeneration rate of nature (natural absorption of $\ce{CO_2}$) is decreased after an environmental catastrophe (resource stock depletion, etc.)? Or are most ...
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Are there significant amounts of rare earth elements on Iceland?

The rare earth elements form in magmatic rocks. The Iceland is very active vulcanic region, and it's, to my knowledge, entirely build from magmatic rocks. So it wouldn't be surprising if there were ...
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Is soil a renewable resource?

My geology textbook tells me that soil is not renewable, and I agree with this, but there was some question in my class as to whether this is true. Some soils take more than a human lifetime to ...
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Earth Science Search Engine

After scirus is closed, which search engine do you all use? I know of Arxiv, and ADS, which only partially overlaps with Earth Science related issues. Any other recommendations would be appreciated.
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How much oil is created each year?

We all know that oil is an essentially nonrenewable resource over human time scales. However, I am currently working on an activity for high schoolers that teaches them to predict how long humans can ...
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What is caesium-137 used for in fracking?

Caesium-137 is used in the fracking process. What is it used for?
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How much Uranium is there in the Earth's Crust?

Are there any estimates of the amount of Uranium there is in Earth's Crust? From what I know, it's supposed that there are large amounts of Uranium in Earth's Core, the decay of which is responsible ...
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What are some good resources to learn about geophysics? [closed]

What are some good textbooks and online resources for learning about geophysics? That is, physics, as it relates to the earth's geology, shape, and internal structure.