Natural resources are essential in driving the U.S economy (Sedjo, 2013). Natural resources include all materials on the earth surface that exist by nature and used by human beings in meeting daily needs. The development of U.S economy largely depends on how such resources are exploited and used (Sedjo, 2013).
Existence of such materials is beyond control of man hence their use should be maximized optimally to achieve the best out of them. Natural resources in America include materials such as; land masses, coastlines, people, water, farmlands, and coal oil and gas (Dziegielewski, 2000) Natural resources exist in both renewable and non-renewable forms. Renewable natural resources are those which are being used at a much slower rate than they are replaced meaning nature replenishes them once they are depleted, while nonrenewable resources are replenished at a slower rate than they are being used. This paper explores the use of water as a natural resource in America and how it has boosted economy over the years.
America has abundant fresh water which helps in running the economy in many ways. In general, water is essential for life and its uses are not measurable. To begin with, America uses large volumes of water for agricultural purposes.
This is mainly through irrigation projects which supports farming for both the private and public sector agriculture. Water is one of the basic requirements for agricultural practices and the US is blessed with abundant water which assists in such projects effectively. The use of natural existing water in agriculture causes dynamism and provides diversity in agricultural production (Dziegielewski, 2000). This has helped avoid risks associated with drought which may cause losses in agriculture. Coupled with large tracks of farmlands, America stands a better chance of building its economy through agriculture aided by availability of water.
[...] Water is one of the major resources that drive life today. The economy would be immobile without water. In the body, water aids a lot of physiological processes and human beings cannot function without water. This is the major contribution of water to Americans because, just like any other country, life of citizens in US has been boosted by available water supplies (Sedjo, 2013). When water is available, people are not worried about drought conditions and concentrate more in developing their economy. [...]
[...] Most uses of water, in the long run, earn the country foreign exchange, making it a major contribution to economic development in America. However, it is important to note that water is a basic requirement in life, hence, the need to conserve and use available water optimally (Camp, 2000). References Camp, W. (2000). Managing Our Natural Resources. New York, NY: Cengage Learning. Dziegielewski, B. (2000). Commercial and Institutional End Uses of Water. California: American Water Works Association. Perry, E., & Vanderklein, E. (2009). Water Quality: Management of a Natural Resource. [...]
[...] Fishing is an activity that helps economy in many ways. Individuals involved directly in fishing earn income which improves their living standards. Moreover, fish is processed and exported to earn the country foreign exchange. Incomes earned from sale of fish can be used to develop other sectors of the economy. Commercial fishing, thus, is another major use of water in America. People who engage in fishing activity are able to explore large masses of water and realize the potential in a country since they travel across waters, this has also aided in realization of potentiality in U.S waters. [...]
[...] Water, as a natural resource, is also used in manufacturing industries. This is another vast use of water which has helped America improve its production to a large extent. The uses of water in industries are varied (Thompson, 1999), ranging from cooling machines to the actual manufacturing process. Manufacturing is one of the major industries which contribute to economic development in America; therefore, availability of enough water to run industries has stabilized production process enabling the country to earn foreign exchange from sale of manufactured products (Thompson, 1999). [...]
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