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Discuss the various geomorphological effects caused by an earth quake.

Topic:  Geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

1. Discuss the various geomorphological effects caused by an earth quake. (250 words)

Reference: Physical Geography by Savindra Singh

Why this question:

The question is from the static portions of GS paper I, theme geography.

Key demand of the question:

One has to explain the various geomorphological effects caused by an earth quake in detail.

Directive:

DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly define what Earthquakes are.

Body:

The question is pretty much straightforward and there isn’t much to deliberate.

Start with geomorphological effects that an Earthquake possibly causes.

An earthquake can trigger many sudden changes in the environment which can be classified as primary (e.g. subsidence, surface faulting) and secondary effects (displaced rocks, tsunami, ground cracks, liquefactions, landslides) etc.

Discuss the impact of it. Use diagrams wherever possible to add value to your answer.

Conclusion:

Conclude with significance.