Economic Definition of exhaustible resource. Defined.
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Term exhaustible resource Definition: A natural resource that cannot be increased by the natural forces of the environment. The quantities of exhaustible resources are effectively fixed and thus the more used today, the less is available for use in the future. It is possible, and even expected, that exhaustible resources will be exhausted at some time in the future. Common examples of exhaustible resources are the three fossil fuels -- petroleum, coal, and natural gas. The vast array of mineral resources -- iron, silver, gold, and copper -- represent other examples.