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Natural Resources

Oil Pump, Central AlbertaA natural resource is anything that is both naturally occurring and of use to humans. Alberta's most profitable natural resources are hydrocarbons, such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Soil and agriculture are also natural resources, and are the source of most of the vegetables and grains we eat everyday to live. Animals are another natural occurring resource in Alberta, as are underground minerals and the province's vast forests.

Alberta's fertile soils were a drawing card for early settlers to the province. Agriculture was the resource that first sustained the province, and continues to be a very important economic activity in Alberta.

Alberta has the largest reserves of coal in Canada, and its oil sands represent more than one third of the world's known reserves of conventional crude oil. Oil and natural gas are the most economically important resources in Alberta, and greatly influence how we live our daily lives, from driving a car to stepping inside a warm house in the winter.

Like agriculture, Alberta's forests were regarded early on as a useful and valuable natural resource. Forests, and particularly the wood products they provide, continue to be utilized as the population expands and more pulp and lumber mills are built in the province.

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