Lesson Worksheet: The Depletion of Renewable Natural Resources Geology

In this worksheet, we will practice identifying Earth's natural resources and describing the negative impact of human practices, such as depletion of agricultural soil, deforestation, overgrazing, overhunting, overconsumption, and water pollution.


What do we call the consumption of a natural resource faster than it can be replenished?

  • AResource economization
  • BResource depletion
  • CResource conservation
  • DResource generalization


Of all surface water on Earth, what is the percentage of fresh water, whether in ice form or liquid form?

  • A1%
  • B3%
  • C9%
  • D2%


Which natural resources are limited in quantity within nature and cannot be replaced naturally at a pace quick enough to keep up with consumption?

  • AOrganic resources
  • BRenewable resources
  • CNonrenewable resources
  • DInorganic resources


Which of the following describes the benefits of trees?

  • ATrees nourish soils by shedding leaves periodically.
  • BTrees are sources of both wood and cellulose for the paper and textile industries.
  • CTrees are natural filters for carbon dioxide gas and generators of oxygen.
  • DAll of the answers are correct.


Which natural resources are constantly replenished in nature, even if portions of them deteriorate or are consumed?

  • ARenewable resources
  • BInorganic resources
  • CPetroleum resources
  • DNonrenewable resources


Which of the following can be done to reduce the depletion of agricultural soil?

  • ARecycling agricultural waste into organic fertilizers
  • BPlanting a single crop in the same soil for many consecutive years
  • CReplacing organic fertilizers with chemical fertilizers
  • DAll of the answers are correct.


True or False: Environmental resources are resources that are found in the natural environment and humans have no influence over their presence or creation.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse


Which of the following contributes to the depletion of agricultural soil?

  • ADiversifying plants in agricultural lands
  • BPlanting a single crop in the same soil for many consecutive years
  • CReplacing chemical fertilizers with organic fertilizers
  • DRecycling agricultural waste into organic fertilizers


When animals are relentlessly chased down and killed for personal gain or economic reasons, it can lead to a serious reduction in the species population. What is this practice called?

  • AUrbanization
  • BOvergrazing
  • COverconsumption
  • DOverhunting
  • EErosion


True or False: The building of the High Dam had a beneficial effect on the agricultural soil in the Nile valley downstream.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse

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