Chapter 9, Life in the Temperate Grasslands
Class 7, Geography Our Environment
Solutions for Cbse Ncert Textbook Exercise
(Important Questions only)
Question.1: Answer the following questions -
i. What are the temperate grasslands of North America called ?
ii. What are the cattle farms in the North American Grasslands known as ?
iii. Name the rivers that drain in the Velds ?
iv. When is the rainy season in the Velds ?
v. What is the major occupation of the people of the South African grasslands ?
i. The Temperate Grasslands of North America are called Prairies.
ii. The cattle farms in the North American Grasslands known as Ranches.
iii. Names of some of the rivers that drain to Velds are - River Orange, River Limpopo and their tributaries.
iv. The rainy season in the Velds is from November to February.
v. Sheep rearing
Question.2: Tick the correct answers -
- River Mississippi drains: (a) Canada (b) Africa (c) USA
- Drakensberg Mountains bound the: (a) Prairies (b) Velds (c) Pampas
- Merino is a species of: (a) fish (b) elephant (c) sheep
- Kimberley is famous for: (a) diamonds (b) silver (c) platinum
Answer: (i) - c (ii) - b (iii) - c (iv) - a.
Question.4: Give reasons:
(i) The Prairies are known as the ‘Granaries of the World’.
(ii) Rise of woolen industry in the Velds.
(i) The climate of the Prairies is quite favourable for agriculture. Moreover, the people of this region are also hard working. And they have also successfully utilized the latest technologies and scientific methods of cultivation. This along with the use of modern machineries like - tractors, harvesters and combines have enabled the people of this region to grow wheat extensively and also supply it to the countries deficit of wheat all over the world.
So, for this huge surplus of wheat production the Prairies are known as the ‘Granaries of the World’.
(ii) Sheep Rearing is the main occupation of the people of the Velds. Here sheep is bred mainly for wool and this has given rise to the woolen industry in the Velds. Especially the quality of the wool obtained from the Marino sheep is very high and also very warm. Demands of Marino Wool and the woolen garments which is very high all over the world, are met from this region. It is for these reasons that there has been a rise of woolen industry in the Velds.
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