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ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes: Natural Resources:Conservation of mineral resources

  • Conservation of resources is the ethical use and protection of valuable resources, such as trees, minerals, wildlife, water and others.
  • It focuses on maintaining the natural world in order to protect the sources of resources.
  • Some of the ways used in conservation of mineral resources are listed below.
  • Recycling and re-use for example recycling of tin and use of scrap metal in the manufacture of iron and steel.
  • Also there is recycling of mine dumps such as those at Conemara.
  • More efficient recovery methods that is use of modern technology in processing of ores to reduce wastage.
  • Use of alternative resources.
  • Research and exploration.
  • Planned and strategic marketing of minerals for example exploitation and marketing when the price on the world market is favourable.

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