Topic– Salient features of world’s physical geography.
2)Discuss how plateaus are classified and also discuss their economic significance.(250 words)
Why this question
The question is related to GS-1 syllabus under the following heading –
Salient features of world’s physical geography.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to classify the plateaus of the world and also write in detail about their economic significance.
Discuss- we have to provide the classification of plateaus and write in detail about the economic benefits they provide us or hold for us.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Give a brief definition of the term plateau and mention that plateaus cover about 18% of the earth’s surface.
- Present the classification of plateaus on the basis of their geographical location and structure of rocks- a) Intermontane Plateaus (b) Piedmont Plateaus (c) Continental Plateaus. Describe the each type, briefly along with examples. You can also draw a diagram for illustration purposes.
- Discuss in points, their economic significance. E.g mineral storehouse, generation of hydel power, cool/ pleasant climate and tourism, good for agriculture and livestock rearing, polar plateau- Antarctica- storehouse of ice, rich wildlife and biodiversity etc.
Conclusion– Form a fair and a concise conclusion on the overall importance of plateaus.