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1) What causes the South Asian monsoon (be sure to discuss the ITCZ)? Where is it especially important for South Asian agriculture? You are encouraged to sketch a map to help explain. South Asia is located in the Intertropical Convergence Zone which is characterized by high humidity, intermittent heavy rainfall, and variable winds. Movement of the thermal equator during the summer months draws in warm moist air to the low pressure zone north. Summer brings rain, Winters are dry. The changes in wind patterns create cyclones off the Bay of Bengal. The Himalaya range blocks in the clouds creating more rain. Cyclones cause major flooding in Bangladesh areas where most of the country is less than 5M from sea level. Monsoons determine the agricultural calendar for rice farmers.
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Unformatted text preview: • If the monsoon season is irregular severe consequences and major famine can occur in a densely populated area. 2) Compare how the Adivasi see the Narmada River with how the supporters of the Sardar Sarovar Dam view the river. • The Adivasi see the Narmada River as sacred, and the lifeblood of their civilization • Supporters of the dam see the Narmada River as a resource • The dam can provide water to people in areas where water is not ubundantly available • The dam can provide energy for the Indian people to be self sufficient. 3) Where are the centers or core areas of economic development within the different south Asian countries (focus on India and Pakistan)? India- Mumbai; Pakistan- Karachi; accounts for 20% of Pakistan GDP; 60% of the nations cargo...
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