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Define Catchment area, Drainage basin and Watershed. Differentiate between the Himalayan River System and Peninsular River System.

Topic : Salient features of world’s physical geography.

1. Define Catchment area, Drainage basin and Watershed. Differentiate between the Himalayan River System and Peninsular River System. (250 Words)

Reference: Class-XI NCERT: India Physical Environment.

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1.

Key Demand of the question:

Bring out the differences between Himalayan river system and peninsular river system.

Directive:

Differentiate –

provide for a detailed comparison of the two types, their features that are different. One must provide for detailed assessment of the two.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

A very straightforward introduction by defining Catchment Area, Drainage basin and Watershed. A simple representative diagram maybe used to show the same.

Body:

Bring out the comparative differences between Himalayan and Peninsular river system on parameters such as Origin, Catchment Area, Valleys, Drainage type, water flow, meanders and delta formation etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with the general importance of the both river systems.