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Metallic minerals and fossil fuels are
a) Non-renewable resource
b) Inexhaustible resource
c) Renewable resource
d) None of the above

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Hint: The resources that exist without intervention or action of humans are called natural resources. Natural resources cannot be created. They can either be extracted or purified. Based on the availability in nature, they are broadly classified into 2 types.
1. Renewable resources
2. Non-renewable resources

Complete Answer:
Air, stone, soil, sunlight, water, plants, animals and fossil fuels are some of the examples of natural resources.

Types of natural resources-
1. Renewable: resources that cannot be depleted even after continuous usage and are present in unlimited quantity are called renewable resources. By natural process, these resources can be renewed over a period of time. Example: Forest, water, solar energy, wind etc.
2. Non-Renewable: resources that can be depleted after the continuous usage, whose availability may run out in the future due to their non-renewable nature are called non-renewable resources. They are present in limited amounts in the environment and they cannot be used sustainably. Example: fossil fuels, minerals, etc.

Hence the correct option is (a) Non-renewable resource.

Note: Renewable resources are also called as inexhaustible resources and non-renewable resources are called as exhaustible resources.