Exhaustion of mineral resources
Other Names: Depletion of mineral resources
Long-term shortage of mineral resources
Nature: Industrial development has placed increasing demand on the available mineral resources. These resources are non-renewable and methods of recycling tend to be inadequate.
Incidence: In particular, hydrocarbons and metalliferous ores are extracted without considering long range availability.
Claim: 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
Date of last update 01.12.2017 – 12:07 CET