Exhaustion of mineral resources

Other Names:
Depletion of mineral resources
Long-term shortage of mineral resources

Industrial development has placed increasing demand on the available mineral resources. These resources are non-renewable and methods of recycling tend to be inadequate.


In particular, hydrocarbons and metalliferous ores are extracted without considering long range availability.


At present rates of consumption, minerals due to run out within 50 years are copper, lead, mercury, nickel, tin and zinc.

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Date of last update
20.05.2019 – 16:25 CEST