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Ques 1. Answer the following questions briefly.

(a) What are the major landforms?

The major landforms of the earth are Mountains, Plateaus and Plains.
Mountains, Plateaus and PlainsMountains, Plateaus and Plains

(b) What is the difference between a mountain and a plateau?

NCERT Solutions: Major Landforms of the Earth - Notes | Study Geography for UPSC CSE - UPSC
 Plateaus and Mountains Plateaus and Mountains

(c) What are the different types of mountains?

The different types of mountains are fold, block and volcanic.

(d) How are mountains useful to man?

Mountains useful to man in the following ways:

  • Mountains are a storehouse of water. Many rivers have their source in the glaciers in the mountains. Water from the mountains is also used for irrigation and the generation of hydroelectricity.

A Hydro- Power project in the MountainsA Hydro- Power project in the Mountains

  • They have a rich variety of flora and fauna.
  • The forests provide fuel, fodder, shelter and other products like gum, raisins, etc.
  • Mountains provide an idyllic site for tourists.
  • Several sports like paragliding, hang gliding, river rafting and skiing are popular in the mountains.

(e) How are plains formed?

Most of the plains are formed by rivers and their tributaries. The rivers flow down the slopes of mountains and erode them. They carry forward the eroded material. Then they deposit their load consisting of stones, sand and silt along with their courses and in their valleys. It is from these deposits that plains are formed.

(f) Why are the river plains thickly populated?

The river plains thickly populated as more flat land is available for building houses, as well as for cultivation.

(g) Why are mountains thinly populated?

The mountains are thinly populated because of the harsh climate. Also, the slopes are steep, less land is available for farming.


Ques 2. Tick the correct answers.

(a) The mountains differ from the hills in terms of
(i) elevation
(ii) slope
(iii) aspect

elevation

(b) Glaciers are found in
(i) the mountains
(ii) the plains
(iii) the plateaus

the mountains

(c) The Deccan Plateau is located in
(i) Kenya
(ii) Australia
(iii) India

India

(d) The river Yangtze flows in
(i) South America
(ii) Australia
(iii) China

China

(e) An important mountain range of Europe is
(i) the Andes
(ii) the Alps
(iii) the Rockies

the Alps


Ques 3. Fill in the blanks.

1. A ____ is an unbroken flat or a low-level land.

plain

2. The Himalayas and the Alps are examples of ____types of mountains.

fold

3. ___ areas are rich in mineral deposits.

Plateau

4. The ____ is a line of mountains.

range

5. The ____areas are most productive for farming.

plain


Map Skills

On an outline map of the world, mark the following :
(a) Mountain ranges: Himalayas, Rockies and Andes.
(b) Plateau: Tibet.

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