mapping exercise 8-2

mapping exercise 8-2 - rains provide for a great bulk of...

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1. Due to the presence of the Himalayas and Thar Desert, two distinct climates are created: arid/semi-arid climates and temperate climates. With the exception of the surroundings of New Delhi, most of the arid and semi-arid climate areas tend not to be heavily populated. This may be due to their tendencies to be drought-prone, due to their reliance on monsoons for most of its rainfall. Due to the erratic nature of monsoon precipitation, areas such as these are not suitable for permanent agriculture. Temperate climates in these regions have dry winters coupled with strong summer rainfall. Based on the information mapped, population tends to be much higher in temperate areas. With much less sporadic rainfall, there is less reliance on artificial irrigation. Characteristic of temperate climates, they tend to be well watered and have well-cultivated soil— suitable for agriculture. These conditions lend themselves well in regards to supporting heavily populated areas. 2. Monsoon rains account for almost all of the rainfall in some areas of India. These heavy
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Unformatted text preview: rains provide for a great bulk of its agriculture—providing the ability to grow crops such as cotton, rice, and other grains. Monsoons also provide a relief from the strenuous summer heat for inhabitants. Lastly, with rivers overflowing due to abundant rainfall, it provides large amounts of silt—creating rich and fertile soil. However, Monsoon rainfall also raises a plethora of problems as well. In some cities that are lacking in adequate infrastructure, heavy rainfall can adversely affect roads and sewer systems leading to potential casualties. Also due to the unpredictability of monsoons, the economy of these heavily populated areas can take a gigantic hit if there are minor fluctuations in rainfall patterns. Last of all, monsoons provide for ideal breeding grounds for diseases. This is something especially worrisome in heavily populated areas, where human contact is frequent....
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