10 countries with the richest in natural resources, or why do we need an army and navy

     Website 24/7 Wall Street has performed a detailed analysis of the 10 countries with the largest and valuable natural resources in the world. Using the estimates of the total stock in each country and the market value of these resources, it was determined the 10 countries which have the most valuable natural resources.

Some of these resources, including uranium, silver phosphate, are not as valuable as the others due to low demand or due to their rarity. However, in the case of oil, natural gas, wood, coal — this wealth of nature can cost tens of trillions of dollars, because the demand is high, and these resources are relatively abundant. 


1. Russia

The total resource cost: $ 75.7 trillion.
Inventories of crude oil (price): 60 billion barrels ($ 7.08 trillion).
Reserves of natural gas (the price): 1,680 trillion. cubic feet (19 trillion. dollars)
Wood stock (price): 1.95 billion acres ($ 28.4 trillion).

When it comes to natural resources, Russia is the richest country in the world. She leads all countries in the world in the number of natural gas and wood. The sheer size of the country is both its blessing and a curse, as the construction of pipelines to transport natural gas, as well as the railways for the transport of wood cost a fabulous sum.

In addition to having such a large supply of gas and wood Russia ranks second in the world's largest deposits of coal and the third gold deposits. In addition, it is the second-largest deposits of rare earth minerals, but they are not currently mined.

2. U.S.

The total resource cost $ 45 trillion
Inventories of crude oil (price): not in the top 10
Natural gas reserves (value): 272500000000000. cu. m ($ 3.1 trillion)
Wood stock (price): 750 million acres ($ 10.9 trillion)

In the U.S., 31.2% of the world's proven coal reserves. They are estimated at 30 trillion dollars. To date they have is the most valuable stocks on the earth. The country has about 750 million acres of forest plantations, which cost about $ 11 trillion. Wood and coal, combined, are worth approximately 89% of the total value of the natural resources of the country. The U.S. also is among the top five countries with the global reserves of copper, gold and natural gas.

3. Saudi Arabia

The total resource cost: $ 34.4 trillion
Inventories of crude oil (price): 266, 7 billion barrels ($ 31.5 trillion)
Reserves of natural gas (the price): 258.5 trillion. cubic meters ($ 2.9 trillion)
Wood stock (price): not in the top 10

Saudi Arabia holds about 20% of the oil in the world — the largest share of any country. All major resources of the country are in carbon — oil or gas. Kingdom is in fifth place in the world's largest reserves of natural gas. Since these resources are depleted, Saudi Arabia, in the end will lose a high position in this list. However, this does not happen for several more decades.

4. Canada

The total cost of resources: $ 33.2 trillion
Inventories of crude oil (price): 178, 1 billion barrels ($ 21 trillion).
Reserves of natural gas (the cost) is not in the top 10
Wood stock (price): 775 million acres ($ 11.3 trillion).

Prior to the discovery of deposits of oil sands, the total mineral reserves of Canada probably would not let her get on the list. Oil sands have added about 150 billion barrels of oil to the sum of Canada in 2009 and 2010. The country also produces a decent amount of phosphate rock phosphate though not among the top 10 in the world. In addition, Canada has the second-largest proven reserves of uranium and the third-largest timber reserves.

5. Iran

The total resource cost: $ 27.3 trillion.
Inventories of crude oil (price): 136, 2 billion barrels ($ 16.1 trillion).
Reserves of natural gas (the price): 991,600,000,000,000 cubic meters. m ($ 11.2 trillion).
Wood stock (price): not in the top 10

Iran shares with Qatar's giant gas field in the Persian Gulf South Pars / North Dome. The country is about 16% of the world's natural gas reserves. Iran also has the third largest amount of proven oil in the world. This is more than 10% of the world's oil reserves. At the moment the country is experiencing problems implementing their resources due to its exclusion from international markets.

6. China

The total resource cost: $ 23 trillion.
Inventories of crude oil (price): not in the top 10
Reserves of natural gas (the cost) is not in the top 10
Wood stock (price): 450 million acres (6.5 trillion dollars)

The cost of resources of China is largely based on the stocks of coal and rare earth minerals. China has substantial reserves of coal, which make up more than 13% of the world total. Was recently discovered shale gas deposits. After their assessment, the status of China as a leader in the field of natural resources, will only improve.

7. Brazil

The total resource cost: $ 21.8 trillion.
Inventories of crude oil (price): not in the top 10
Reserves of natural gas (the cost) is not in the top 10
Wood stock (price): 1.2 billion acres ($ 17.5 trillion).

Significant reserves of gold and uranium largely contributed to obtaining a place in this list. Brazil also owns 17% of iron ore in the world. The most valuable natural resource, however, is wood. The country owns 12.3% of the stock of wood in the world, estimated at $ 17.45 trillion. In order to ensure consistency and accuracy of research, the report did not include the newly discovered oil reserves in the sea. According to preliminary estimates, the field may contain 44 billion barrels of oil.

8. Australia

The total resource cost: $ 19.9 trillion.
Inventories of crude oil (price): not in the top 10
Natural gas reserves (value): not in the top 10
Wood stock (price): 369 million acres ($ 5.3 trillion)

Australia's natural wealth lies in its vast amount of timber, coal, copper and iron. The country is in the top three for a total of seven resource stocks on this list. Australia has the largest stock of gold in the world — has 14.3% of the world reserves. It also provides 46% of the uranium in the world. The country also has significant amounts of natural gas offshore north-western coast, which it shares with Indonesia.

9. Iraq

The total resource cost: $ 15.9 trillion. SW
Inventories of crude oil (price): 115 billion barrels ($ 13.6 trillion)
Reserves of natural gas (the price): 111900000000000. cu. feet (1.3 trillion dollars)
Wood stock (price): not in the top 10

The greatest wealth of Iraq is oil — 115 billion barrels of proven reserves. This is about 9% of the total amount of oil in the world. Despite the relatively easy targets, most of these stocks remains unused because of political differences between the central government and the Kurdistan Region, the ownership of the oil. Iraq also has one of the biggest reserves of phosphate rock in the world, worth more than $ 1.1 trillion. However, these deposits are not fully developed.

10. Venezuela

The total resource cost: $ 14.3 trillion.
Inventories of crude oil (price): 99.4 billion barrels ($ 11.7 trillion).
Reserves of natural gas (the price): 170.9 cu. feet (1.9 trillion dollars)
Wood stock (price): not in the top 10

Venezuela is one of the 10 largest holders of resources on the part of iron, natural gas and oil. Natural gas reserves in the South American country ranked eighth in the world at 179.9 cu. lbs. These reserves amount to little more than 2.7% of world reserves. In Venezuela, according to experts, is 99 billion barrels of oil,
accounting for 7.4% of the total reserves in the world.     

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