Natural Resources by Use

On this page, the natural resources and raw materials are categorized by use. This categorization is based on a general property, not on a specific product. So, for example, there is a category for “Abrasives” but not for “Sandpaper.”

In addition, the list contains a mix of names, some refer to the the source itself, and some are products. For example, safflower is listed under the use of “oil,” because the species is a source of oil. On the other hand, “Kino” — a generic term for a type of tree sap with specific properties — is listed under “medicine” and “dye.” Next to kino appear the names of the trees that are sources of this sap.

Click on the category heading to be taken to a page with a list of the natural resources under that heading, and more informational resources that will help you get started in learning more about specific natural resources and raw materials.

I would like to emphasize that this list is not comprehensive. Personally, I think it would be pretty silly to claim comprehensiveness — but I have tried to be thorough in presenting you with enough detail to demonstrate the patterns. As always, it is a work in progress, and I welcome comments and suggestions via the contact page.

Welcome to the rabbit hole of Crazy Useful Things! Take a deep breath, and dive in…

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