Hard question. Water can definitely be counted as precious, considering how important it is for life. People in the US may not think about it as such on a regular basis, but people in drought-stricken areas would likely consider water to be a very precious natural resource.
It’s hard to find a straight answer to this question – some people consider clean water the most precious natural resource, since people need it to live more than other resources like gold, or natural gas. What is the definition of precious? According to the CIA website, America has a number of natural resources, including coal, copper, lead, uranium, gold, silver, petroleum, natural gas, timber, and more. The website specifically notes that the U.S. has the world’s most abundant coal reserves, accounting for 27% of the world’s total, so perhaps the answer is coal.
This has been answered (i.e., opinions given) many times on greenanswers, if you search.
I’m going to go ahead and say that water (as everyone has pointed out!) is likely the answer here. Water if the natural fuel which generates pretty much any other resource we have and therefore would have nothing without it, no plants, trees, air, and over all the ability to survive.
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