Discuss the importance of plateaus.
Plateaus are important because of the following reasons:
- Plateaus are storehouses of minerals. They have rich deposits of minerals. While the African Plateau has huge reserves of gold and silver, Chota Nagpur Plateau in India is famous for coal, iron and manganese deposits.
- Plateaus are also the source of several waterfalls. In India, two important waterfalls in the plateau regions are Hundru falls in the Chota Nagpur plateau on the river Subarnarekha and the Jog falls in Karnataka.
- The lava plateaus that are formed due to volcanic eruptions have black soil, which is suitable for cultivation.
- Plateaus have many scenic spots which greatly attract tourists.