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NCERT Solution: Minerals & Energy Resources - Geography for UPSC CSE

Q1. Multiple choice questions
(i) Which one of the following minerals are formed by the decomposition of rocks, leaving a residual mass of weathered material?
(a) coal
(b) bauxite
(c) gold
(d) zinc
Ans: (b) bauxite

BauxiteBauxite

(ii) Koderma, in Jharkhand, is the leading producer of which one of the following minerals?
(a) Bauxite
(b) Mica
(c) Iron ore
(d) Copper

Ans: (b) mica

MicaMica

(iii) Minerals are deposited and accumulated in the strata of which of the following rocks?
(a) sedimentary rocks
(b) metamorphic rocks
(c) igneous rocks
(d) none of the above

Ans: (a) sedimentary rocks

(iv) Which one of the following minerals is contained in the Monazite sand?
(a) oil
(b) uranium
(c) thorium
(d) coal

Ans: (c) Thorium

ThoriumThorium

Q2. Answer the following questions in about 30 words.
(i) Distinguish between the following in not more than 30 words.
(a) Ferrous and non-ferrous minerals
(b) Conventional and non-conventional sources of energy.
(ii) What is a mineral?
(iii) How are minerals formed in igneous and metamorphic rocks?
(iv) Why do we need to conserve mineral resources?
Ans: (i) (a) Ferrous minerals are in the category of metallic minerals that contain iron (Fe). The composition of iron varies from mineral to mineral. Pyrite is an example of a ferrous mineral. Non-ferrous minerals arc the metallic minerals that do not contain iron (Fc). Gold (Au) is an example of a non-ferrous mineral.

MineralsMinerals

(b)

ConventionalNon-conventional
(i) They are the energy resources in use since ages.They are in use recently
(ii) They make use of non-renewable sources of energy.They make use of renewable sources of energy.
(iii) They are expensive.They are cheaper.
(iv) They can cause pollution; e.g., coal, petroleum, natural gas, electricity, etc.No pollution is caused by them; e.g., the solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, biogas, etc.

(ii) Minerals are defined as solid, inorganic, naturally occurring substances with a definite chemical formula and general atomic structure.
(iii) Minerals generally occur in igneous and metamorphic rocks. In most cases, they are formed when minerals in liquid or molten and gaseous forms are forced upward through cavities towards the earth’s surface, they cool and solidify as they rise in the cracks, crevices, faults or joints. The smaller occurrences are called veins and the larger is called lodes.
(iv) (i) Mineral resources form about 1% of Earth’s crust and require millions of years to form, therefore are finite and non-renewable in nature.
(ii) The continued extraction of ores will lead to increase in cost as extraction comes from greater depths.
(iii) There is also a decrease in quality along lower depths.

Q3. Ans the following questions in about 120 words.
(a) Describe the distribution of coal in India.
Ans: (i) Coal in India is most abundantly available fossil fuel.
(ii) It provides a substantial part of nation’s energy needs.
(iii) It is used for power generation, to supply energy to industries as well as for domestic needs.
(iv) India is highly dependent on coal for meeting its commercial energy requirements.
(v) There are four types of coal found on the basis of carbon content in it. They are — Peat, lignite, bituminous and Anthracite.
(vi) In India, coal occurs in rule series of two main geological ages, namely Gondwana, a little over 200 million years in age and in tertiary deposits which are only about 55 million years old.
(vii) Coal is known as ‘Gondwana coal’ is found in the Damodar valley, situated in Bengal and Jharkhand region. Jharia, Raniganj, Bokaro are important coalfields while Godavari, Mahanadi, Son and Wardha valleys also contain coal deposits.
(viii) While tertiary coal occurs in the north eastern states of Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.

(b) Why do you think that solar energy has a bright future in India?
Ans:
(i) India is a tropical country and therefore receives large amount of sunlight, which can be used for Solar energy.
(ii) States such as Rajasthan, Gujarat, among others have large tracts of wasteland which receive huge amount, of sunlight and therefore can be used to build large scale solar plants.
(iii) There has been an increased investment from the private sector and Foreign direct investment into solar power technology, thereby reducing pricing of per unit electricity produced.
(iv) The government has subsidized the use of solar water heaters, solar lights, etc. which has increased their usage in high altitude regions, such as Ladakh, among others.
(v) There has also been a shift in government planning towards renewable sources of energy among which solar power has been prioritized.

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1. What are minerals and energy resources?
Ans. Minerals are naturally occurring substances that are formed in the Earth's crust. They are solid, inorganic, and have a specific chemical composition. Energy resources, on the other hand, refer to the sources of energy that can be utilized by humans, such as fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and renewable energy sources.
2. What are the different types of minerals found on Earth?
Ans. There are several types of minerals found on Earth, including metallic minerals (such as iron ore, copper, and gold), non-metallic minerals (such as limestone, gypsum, and mica), and energy minerals (such as coal, petroleum, and uranium).
3. How are minerals and energy resources formed?
Ans. Minerals are formed through various geological processes. Metallic minerals are often formed through cooling and solidification of magma, while non-metallic minerals are formed by the deposition of sediments or through the evaporation of water. Energy resources like coal and petroleum are formed from the remains of ancient plants and animals that were buried and subjected to heat and pressure over millions of years.
4. What are the major challenges associated with the extraction and utilization of minerals and energy resources?
Ans. The major challenges include environmental degradation, depletion of resources, health hazards for workers, displacement of local communities, and contribution to climate change. The extraction and utilization of minerals and energy resources often require large-scale mining operations, which can have negative impacts on the environment and local ecosystems.
5. How can we promote sustainable use of minerals and energy resources?
Ans. To promote sustainable use of minerals and energy resources, it is important to focus on conservation, recycling, and the development of renewable energy sources. This can be achieved through implementing efficient mining practices, promoting energy efficiency, investing in research and development of renewable energy technologies, and encouraging the adoption of sustainable practices in industries and households.
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