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natural resource

a naturally occurring source of wealth, as land or water.
natural resources, the natural wealth of a country, consisting of land, forests, mineral deposits, water, etc.
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1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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natural resource  
Something, such as a forest, a mineral deposit, or fresh water, that is found in nature and is necessary or useful to humans. See more at nonrenewable, renewable.

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