Yet there is also a case for reserves.
China has chiefly high-grade coal reserves.
Major fossil fuel companies face the risk that significant parts of their reserves will become worthless, with Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Exxaro owning huge coal reserves and Lukoil, Exxon Mobil, BP, Gazprom and Chevron owning massive oil and gas reserves.
The principles debated included (A) larger reserves are better than smaller ones, (B) a large reserve is better than a few small ones of the same total area, (C) several reserves close to one another are better than several further apart, (D) when there are several reserves they should be grouped equidistantly rather then linearly, (E) reserves connected by corridors are better than unconnected ones, and (F) compact shapes are better for minimizing boundary length (1975b: 143–5).
Several have new ways of draining reserves.
The first is rapidly rising official reserves.
In 1907 the forest reserves were renamed national forests.
The amount of cash that a bank holds is called its reserves.
“Limits to Growth” said total global oil reserves amounted to 550 billion barrels.
However, at times the inaccessibility of some of these reserves has constituted a barrier to their exploitation.
Venezuela, on the other hand, has the largest reserves but produces only a fraction of what Saudi Arabia produces.
Selling reserves decreases the supply of the domestic currency; buying reserves increases the domestic money supply.
Africa contains a major share of world reserves of tantalum, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has most of these reserves.
Manganese is found in abundance, with large reserves in Transcaucasia, Central Asia, Siberia, and India; Chinese reserves also are considerable.
Canadian aboriginal reserves, system of reserves that serve as physical and spiritual homelands for many of the First Nations (Indian) peoples of Canada.
Add in the reserves held by the country's allies in the OPEC cartel, and the total is a whopping 815 billion barrels—some three-quarters of world reserves.
However, new discoveries and improvements in extraction technologies mean that figures for proven reserves underestimate the true quantity of the earth's reserves.
While almost all African countries have reserves of building materials, knowledge of such reserves is strictly related to the country’s level of development, and no meaningful estimate of the size of reserves can be made.
Kuwait, which has a very small population, has shown a willingness to cut production relative to the size of its reserves, whereas Iran and Iraq, both with large and growing populations, have generally produced at high levels relative to reserves.
Some mineral reserves include petroleum deposits discovered off the Casamance coast, high-grade iron-ore reserves located in the upper Falémé River valley, gold reserves in the southeastern part of the country at Sabodala, and natural gas reserves located both onshore and offshore.
- civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
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