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Bachalpsee in the Swiss Alps; generally mountainous areas are less affected by human activity.
Remarks from 1937 by FDR on "natural capital" and "balancing the budget of our resources"

Natural capital is the world's stock of natural resources which creates a long term supply of goods or services. It is an extension of the economic notion of capital (resources which enable the production of more resources) to goods and services provided by the natural environment. For example, a forest or river may provide an indefinitely sustainable flow of new trees or fish. Natural capital may also provide essential services like water catchment and erosion control, which ensure the long term viability of natural resources. Since the maintenance of natural capital requires the preservation of cohesive ecosystems, the structure and diversity of the system are important to ensure the long term sustainability of the resources generated.<ref>Encyclopedia of Earth</ref>

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