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depletion

n. when a natural resource (particularly oil) is being used up. The annual amount of depletion may, ironically, provide a tax deduction for the company exploiting the resource because if the resource they are exploiting runs out, they will no longer be able to make money from it.

See: consumption, decrement, delinquency, insufficiency, poverty, waste, wear and tear
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Measurements show that the decline in chlorine, resulting from an international ban on chlorine-containing manmade chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), has resulted in about 20 percent less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than there was in 2005 - the first year that measurements of chlorine and ozone during the Antarctic winter were made by NASA's Aura satellite.
Senior officials of Sindh, Balochistan and Federal Government briefed the committee about the reason for depletion of fish stock.
These projects are being implemented to overcome pressure depletion and maintain potential in order to sustain production.
An EPC deal has also been awarded for phase two of the Kauther Depletion Compression (KDC2) project.
The new study, published in Nature Communications, demonstrates that Alzheimer's disease is associated with a depletion of BRCA1 in neurons and that BRCA1 depletion can cause cognitive deficits.
While the current ozone hole is larger than in recent years, the area occupied by this year's hole is consistent with our understanding of ozone depletion chemistry and consistent with colder than average weather conditions in Earth's stratosphere, which help drive ozone depletion," Paul A.
The results of the present study suggest that iron depletion by phlebotomy enhances the beneficial effects of lifestyle changes in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and iron overload (as indicated by elevated serum ferritin levels).
20 August 2014 - US recombinant enzymes and related reagents maker New England Biolabs, or NEB, said yesterday it had exclusively licensed the rights to US Genomic Health Inc's (NASDAQ:GHDX) technology for depletion of abundant RNAs, which is used to conduct sensitive RNA-seq experiments at a reduced cost.
They found that over that period, the areas of oxygen depletion has increased from about 5,000 square kilometres to about 60,000 square kilometres.
The one major cause of oil depletion is the rate of population growth.
The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that depletion of serotonin reserves by tryptophan depletion affects emotional information processing in susceptible individuals.
Richard Oppenlander introduces the idea of global ecological depletion in terms of food and food-choices.