By working through this chapter, you will:
  • Investigate a case study that raises issues of natural resource science, ethics, spirituality, and action.
  • Learn key points in the science of natural resources: Earth’s tectonic plates, spheres, elements, and biogeochemical cycles.
  • Explore Earth’s resources and the problems caused by human extraction.
  • Examine innovations for future natural resource availability and protection.
  • Identify key ethical issues concerning the conservation, preservation, restoration, and preemptive care of Earth’s natural resources.
  • Discover a variety of ways human beings have historically linked Earth’s resources with spiritual experience and religious teachings and rituals.
  • See actions people are taking around the world to protect natural resources.