Differentiate between renewable and non-renewable resources.
The Earth and Earth materials, as we know them today, have developed over long periods of time, through constant change processes.
Composition and Features
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Given information about Earth materials, explain how their characteristics lend themselves to specific uses.
Recognize that new products can be made out of natural materials, such as paper from trees and cloth from various plants and animals.
Explain how to test natural materials to measure and compare their properties.
Describe how natural resources, such as coal, oil and natural gas are tapped for use in power plants, and how alternative sources, such as solar, wind, water, nuclear are tapped for power; and compare the advantages and disadvantages of each source.
Provide examples of how creative thinking and economic need has shaped the way people use natural materials, such as the use of metal ores, petroleum, and fresh water.