1. Oil production in the United States satisfies only half of the country’s needs; the rest is imported. If imports were cut off, what changes would you expect to occur in your lifestyle? If the imports were cut in half or just cut down, the gas prices will go up dramatically. People will be stockpiling gas, coal, or any type of valuables that they believe prices will increase on. If oil produced and oil that is imported are both lacking, they will be faced with a shortage of the needs. The problem will need to be assessed immediately, if not, there could be a full out war on our hands due to the lack of necessities. Oil and You. (2013). Retrieved from http://home.earthlink.net/~oilandyou/
2. Investigate how geophysicist M. King Hubbert predicted in 1956 that annual U.S. oil production would peak in the early 1970s (the actual peak occurred in 1971). Also, investigate the debate over whether the same predictive technique can be applied to world oil supplies. When do you think world oil production will reach its peak—or has it done so already? In 1995, King Hubbert said it is already the peak period of oil production and consumption, one can look at it in the world oil supply. Indications showing places where oil is rich and undiscoverable is still rumor which means that the option is infinite. Oil has not yet grasped its peak so it is not possible to realize when it will peak and how much still is undiscovered. There are still quite a few oil wells and stock piling of oil. M. King Hubbert. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.oilcrisis.com/hubbert/
3. Many hydrothermal mineral deposits of copper, gold, silver, and other metals have been found in the countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. Can you offer an explanation for this remarkable concentration? If you were part of a team of exploration geologists looking for large copper deposits, where would you focus your search? When you analyze the composition of the mineral deposits from metal sources, fluids, host rocks, and more, all of the deposits are found in the Pacific Ring of Fire. Countries that border the Pacific Oceans have higher deposits of the hydrothermal minerals. The reason is that the ocean plates melt and then rise to the surface. Vein Deposits. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://earthsci.org/mineral/mindep/depfile/vei_dep.htm
4. Given that we are now dependent on nonrenewable resources of energy and minerals, and that the world’s population continues to increase, how do you think human societies will adjust in the future? Do we have a resource problem or a population problem (or both)? As people, we need to adjust to changes in the environment that will help us survive. The planet can only handle so much and we still haven’t explored every part of the Earth. The population, however, is continuing to grow and our resources are dwindling down. New cities should be formed and then populated so that resources can be preserved and conserved.
5. Some people think that sustainable development is not a useful concept, because it may be impossible to implement—or even to define—in the case of nonrenewable resources. Others think that it is an extremely important concept, if only because it makes us think about the needs of future generations in planning resource management. What do you think? Sustainable growth is the situation where the needs of man are satisfied without reducing the natural resources. Our country should never wind up like China where half of their country is starved and hungry because we will never have a dwindling amount of food. An example will be China—this is a place that might top the world in oil consumption but would have no life to sustain with. Their type of policy is not realistic, possible and good and surely it will only work short time.