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Natural Resources of the United States We should be very proud to live in the United States Our country has a vast variety of natural resources which we enjoy each and every day This countrys natural resources lay in a delicate balance If we interrupt this balance we could destroy nature our prosperity or the world Natural resources such as coal natural gas oil and water are critical to our existance as a people For example our homes are heated by precious natural gas our automobiles are fueled by gas as well Coal and oil are raw materials with which we make other materials Finally water has always been vital to us each day in more ways than we realize We need to drink clean water Our culture uses water to clean wash and lubricate The countrys natural resources have been present in the earth since the beginning of time In the very top layer of the earth we find most of the earths natural resources These include water plants wood and animals Just below the earths surface we find minerals such as gypsum magnesium peat and iron ore We use these raw materials to combine with other minerals or metals to produce some of the worlds finest products Special minerals such as gold silver and diamonds are nestled deeper down in the earths crust Precious natural resources found in the bottom of the earths crust in- clude oil gas and coal which we use for fuel As one would guess much of our nations natural resources are located in the great state of Texas Texas is the nations wealthiest mineral producer The economy is dominated by the abundant energy resources The state is the leading US source of natural gas and second largest US oil producer Other important minerals include helium salt sulfur sodium sulfate and clays Major industries include oil refining and the manufacture of machinery transportation equipment food products and
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