Sunday, April 13, 2008

HWG Ch. 23 Homework

Section 1
Subcontinent - large landmass that is part of a continent but still distinct from it, such as India.
alluvial plain - floodplain, such as the Indo-Gangetic Plain in South Asia, on which flooding rivers have deposited rich soil.
mica - silicate mineral that readily splits into thn, shiny sheets.

2. Both the Himalayas and the Deccan Plateau have rich soil, but the Deccan Plateau is left dry because the Western Ghats block all of the rain that it would normaly get. Because of the good soil that the Himalayas have about 1/10 of the world's population lives there. Since it is dry on the Deccan Plateau not very many people live there.

3. I would allow some trees to be cut down if it was needed and leave the rest alone. This would greatly affect the timber industry it is something that needs to be done.

Section 2
Monsoon - in Asia, seasonal wind that brings warm, moist air from the oceans in summer and cold, dry air from inland in winter.
cyclone - storm with heavy rains and high winds that blow in a circular pattern aound an area of low atmospheric pressure.

5. People celebrate the monsoons because after the wind leaves the monsoon rains come.

6. The high temperatures are a negative because even though they allow farmers to collect crop if the soil loses its nutrients then the crop won't be very good.

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