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Chapter – 2

Structure and Physiography

In this post, we have given the Important Questions of Class 11 Geography Chapter 2 (Structure and Physiography) in English. These Important Questions are useful for the students who are going to appear in class 11 board exams.

BoardCBSE Board, UP Board, JAC Board, Bihar Board, HBSE Board, UBSE Board, PSEB Board, RBSE Board
ClassClass 11
Chapter no.Chapter 2
Chapter Name(Structure and Physiography)
CategoryClass 11 Geography Important Questions in English
Class 11 Geography Chapter 2 Structure and Physiography Important Questions in English

Chapter 2 Structure and Physiography 

Answer the following questions in about 30 words.

Question 1. If a person is to travel to Lakshadweep, from which coastal plain does he prefer and why?

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Answer: Lakshadweep islands are situated in Arabian Sea. These islands are located at a distance of 280 km-480 km off the Kerala coast. Its distance is lowest from Malabar Coast. Therefore, it will take us least time to reach at Lakshadweep islands from Malabar Coast.

Question 2. Where in India will you find a cold desert? Name some important ranges of this region.

Answer: The north-eastern part of the Kashmir Himalayas is a cold desert, which lies between the Greater Himalayas and the Karakoram ranges. Main ranges of this region are Laddakh, Karakoram, Jasker and Pir Panjal.

Question 3. Why is the western coastal plain is devoid of any delta?

Answer: The slope of rivers of western coast is very steep. Therefore, these rivers flow not in different parts but in one part. And hence they do not form any delta. As a result, we do not find any delta in the western coast.

Answer the following questions in not more than 125 words.

Question 1. Make a comparison of the island groups of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

Answer: Lakshadweep islands are in Arabian Sea and Andaman and Nicobar islands are in Bay of Bengal. imageee

Question 2. What are the important geomorphological features found in the river valley plains?


  • Alluvial fans are formed when streams flowing from higher levels break into foot slope plains of low gradient. Normally very coarse load is carried by streams flowing over mountain slopes. This load becomes too heavy for the streams to be carried over gentler gradients and gets dumped and spread as a broad low to high cone shaped deposit called alluvial fan. Usually, the streams which flow over fans are not confined to their original channels for long and shift their position across the fan forming many channels called distributaries. Alluvial fans in humid areas show normally low cones with gentle slope form as a low cone.
  • Delta is like alluvial fans but develop at a different location. The load carried by the rivers is dumped and spread into the sea. If this load is not carried away far into the sea or distributed along the coast, it spreads and accumulates. Such areas over flood plains built up by abandoned or cut¬off channels contain coarse deposits. The flood deposits of spilled waters carry relatively finer materials like silt and clay. The flood plains in a delta are called delta plains.
  • Floodplain is a major landform of river deposition. Large sized materials are deposited first when stream channel breaks into a gentle slope. Thus, normally, fine sized materials like sand, silt and clay are carried by relatively slow moving waters in gentler channels usually found in the plains and deposited over the bed and when the waters spill over the banks during flooding above the bed. These river valley plains have a fertile alluvial soil cover which supports a variety of crops like wheat, rice, sugarcane and jute, and hence, supports a large population.

Question 3. If you move from Badrinath to Sunderbans delta along the coarse of the river Ganga, what major geomorphological features will you come across?

Answer: If we move from Badrinath to Sunderbans delta along the course of the river Ganga, following major geomorphological features will we come across:

  • V Shaped Valleys: Valleys start as small and narrow rills; the rills will gradually develop into long and wide gullies; the gullies will further deepen, widen and lengthen to give rise to valleys. Depending upon dimensions and shape, many types of valleys like V-shaped valley, gorge, canyon, etc. can be recognised.
  • Gorge: A gorge is a deep valley with very steep to straight sides.
  • Canyon: A canyon is characterised by steep step-like side slopes and may be as deep as a gorge. A gorge is almost equal in width at its top as well as at its bottom. In contrast, a canyon is wider at its top than at its bottom. In fact, a canyon is a variant of gorge.
  • Waterfall: When the rivers start falling in pits in mountainous regions, it makes waterfall.
  • Plunge pools: Once a small and shallow depression forms, pebbles and boulders get collected in those depressions and get rotated by flowing water and consequently the depressions grow in dimensions. A series of such depressions eventually join and the stream valley gets deepened. At the foot of waterfalls also, large potholes, quite deep and wide, form because of the sheer impact of water and rotation ofboulders. Such large and deep holes at the base of waterfalls are called plunge pools.

Very Short Answer Type Questions

Question 1. What are Dims?

Answer: Duns are flat-floored structural valleys between the Siwalik and Himachal. For example: Dehradun.

Question 2. What are North-western Himalayas?

Answer: It comprise a series of ranges such as the Karakoram, Ladakh, Zaskar and Pir Panjal. The north-eastern part of the Kashmir Himalayas is a cold desert, which lies between the Greater Himalayas and the Karakoram ranges.

Question 3. What are central highlands?

Answer: These are bounded by the Aravalli range to the west, the satpura range on the north generally at an elevation varying between 600 m to 900 m.

Question 4. In how many categories can Himalayas be divided on the basis of relief, alignment of ranges and other geomorphological features?

Answer: On the basis of relief, alignment of ranges and other geomorphological features, the Himalayas can be divided into the following sub-divisions:

  • Kashmir or North-western Himalayas
  • Himachal and Uttaranchal Himalayas
  • Daijeeling and Sikkim Himalayas
  • Arunachal Himalayas
  • Eastern Hills and Mountains.

Question 5. In how many divisions can India be divided physiographically?

Answer: India can be divided into the following physiographic divisions:

  • The Northern and North-eastern Mountains.
  • The Northern Plain.
  • The Peninsular Plateau.
  • The Indian Desert.
  • The Coastal Plains.
  • The Islands.

Question 6. Based on the variations in its geological structure and formations, in how many categories can India be divided?

Answer: India can be divided into three geological divisions. These geological regions broadly follow the physical features:

  • The Peninsular Block.
  • The Himalayas and other Peninsular Mountains.
  • Indo-Ganga-Brahmaputra Plain.

Question 7. When and how was Indo-Ganga- Brahmaputra plain was formed?

Answer: Indo-Ganga-Brahmaputra Plain is a geological division of India that comprises the plains formed by the river Indus, the Ganga and the Brahmaputra. Originally, it was a geosynclinal depression which attained its maximum development during the third phase of the Himalayan mountain formation approximately about 64 million years ago. Since then, it has been gradually filled by the sediments brought by the Himalayan and Peninsular rivers.

Question 8. What is called Molassis basin?

Answer: Manipur is also called Molassis basin.

Question 9. What is Bhabar?

Answer: Bhabar is a narrow belt ranging between 8-10 km parallel to the Shiwalik foothills at the break-up of the slope. As a result of this, the streams and rivers coming from the mountains deposit heavy materials of rocks and boulders, and at times, disappear in this zone.

Question 10. What is tarai?

Answer: South of the Bhabar is the Tarai belt, with an approximate width of 10-20 km where most of the streams and rivers re-emerge without having any properly demarcated channel, thereby,’creating marshy and swampy conditions known as the Tarai.

Question 11. What are the local names given to Western Ghats?

Answer: Western Ghats are locally known by different names such as Sahyadri in Maharashtra, Nilgiri hills in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and Anaimalai hills and Cardamom hills in Kerala.

Question 12. Where is Nehru Trophy Vallamkali held?

Answer: The Nehru Trophy Vallamkali (boat race) is held in Punnamada kayal in Kerala.

Question 13. Name some important ports on the eastern coast?

Answer: Tuticorian, Vishakhapatnam, Paradeep, Chennai, Kolkata are important ports.

Question 14. Give sub divisions of Meghalaya Plateau.

Answer: The Meghalaya plateau is further sub-divided into three:

  • The Garo hills
  • The Khasi hills
  • The Jaintia hills

Question 15. Give two features of Chotanagpur Plateau.


  • Chotanagpur plateau is rich in mineral resources like coal, iron ore, limestone and uranium.
  • This area receives maximum rainfall from the south-west monsoon.

Short Answer Type Questions

Question 1. Explain about Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalayas.

Answer: Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayas:

  • Very small segment but is of great significance.
  • Some portion lies in Bhutan also.
  • High flowing rivers like Tista are there.
  • The high mountains peaks Kanchenjunga is present here and the regions has deep valleys.
  • Lepcha tribes are seen in higher reaches.
  • The southern part is having mixed tribe of Nepalis, Bengalis, etc.
  • It has moderate slope, thick soil cover with high organic content.
  • It has well distributed rainfall and mild Winter Sikkim and Darjeeling are known for scenic beauty, flora and fauna and fruit orchids.

Question 2. Write the features of Peninsular Plateau?


  • Delhi ridge in the north-west, (extension of Aravali), the Rajmahal hills in the east, Gir range in the west and the cardamom hills in the south constitute the outer extent of the peninsular plateau.
  • In north-east in the form of Shillong and Karbi-Anglong Plateau.
  • It is made up of a series of patland plateaus such as the Hazaribagh Plateau, the Ranchi plateau, the Malwa plateau, the Coimbatore plateau and the Karnataka plateau.
  • It is one of the oldest and most stable landmass of India.
  • The general elevation of the plateau is from the west to the east.
  • The western and north-western part of the plate has an emphatic presence of black soil.

Question 3. Write the features of central highlands?


  • Central highlands are bounded to the west by the Aravalli range and Satpura range on the south.
  • Elevation varies between 600-900 m above.
  • The general elevation of the central highlands ranges between 700,1,000 m above the mean sea level and it slopes towards the north and north¬eastern directions.
  • Banas is the only significant tributary of the river Chambal that originates from the Aravalli in the west.

Question 4. Write a short note on features and location of Thar Desert.


  • It lies towards the western margins of Aravallis hills.
  • It vast expand is covered with sand dunes which change their shape very frequently.
  • It is a land of undulating topography dotted with the longitudinal dunes.
  • Crescent shape are common which are known as barchans.
  • This area receives very low rainfall less than 150 mm per year.
  • It has arid climate with lack of vegetation.
  • The vegetation common in the region are Cacti, Kher, Kikar, Babool, Aclacia, Rhododendrons, etc.
  • During rainy season some streams appear which disappear in summer. Luni is an important river of the region.
  • Lakes and Palayas have brackish water which is important for obtaining salt. The largest salt water lake is Sambhar lake which is seen here.
  • Low precipitation and high evapo-ration makes it water deficit region.
  • Mushroom rocks, shifting dunes, oasis can be seen in the region.
  • On the basis of orientation Thar desert is divided as:
    • Northern parts sloping towards Sindh.
    • The southern part sloping towards Rann.

Long Answer Type Questions

Question l. Write a detailed on Kashmir or north-western Himalayas.

Answer: Kashmir or North-western Himalayas:

  • Region extents over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal.
  • It comprises of Ladakh, Zaskar and Pir Panjal.
  • The north-eastern parts of Kashmir Himalayas is a cold desert which lies between greater Himalayas and Karakoram ranges.
  • Between Pir Panjal and Great Himalayas in Dal Lake and Valley of Kashmir.
  • Important Glaciers here are:
    • Siachen
    • Baltora
    • Babura
    • Hispar.
  • Kashmir valleys are known for Karewas. Karewas are thick deposits of glacial clay and other material embedded with moraines (Zafran-Saffron is cultivated here):
  • Important passes: Zoji La on the Great Himalayas, Banihal on Pir Panjal range, Photu La-Zaskar range, Kharaung La on Ladakh range. Thadala, Nitila, Lepulekh in Uttaranchal Nathula in Sikkim in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Himalayas are spread between river Indus to river Mahi. The total extent of western Himalayas is 700 km and 400 km in width.
  • Kashmir Himalayas, Punjab Himalayas and Kumaon Himalayas are its sub¬division.
  • The important lakes are: Dal lake and Wular lake (in Jammu and Kashmir and they are freshwater lakes), Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri ( they are salt water lakes and they are situated in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Important rivers: Indus, Jhelum and Chenab.
  • Important pilgrimages Vaishno Devi, Amaranth and Charar-e-Sharif.
  • The southernmost part of the region has longitudinal valleys known as Duns, e.g. Jammu Dun and Pathankot Dun.

Question 2. Explain the characteristics or features of Northern plains?

Answer: The Northern Plains

  • These plains extend approximately 3,200 from the east to the west.
  • The average width of these plains varies between 150-300 km.
  • The maximum depth of alluvium deposits varies between 1,000-2,000 m.
  • The area covered by northern plains is 7 lakhs square km and is most densely populated region of country.
  • From north to South, these plains can be divided into three sub divisions: Bhabar, Tarai and Alluvial Plains. The alluvial plains can be further divided into the Khadar and the Bhangar.


  • It is a narrow belt ranging between 8-16 km parallel to the Shiwalik foothills at the breaking of the slopes.
  • The streams and rivers coming from the mountain deposit heavy materials of rocks and boulders and at times, disappear in this zone.


  • Its approximate width is of 20-30 km where most of the streams and river reemerge without having any properly demarcated channel, thereby, creating marshy and swampy condition known as the Tarai.
  • It has a luxurious growth of natural vegetation and houses a varied wild life.

Alluvial Plains

  • These plains have characteristic features of mature stage of fluvial erosional and depositional landforms such as sand bars, meanders, ox- bow lakes and braided channels. The Brahmaputra plains are known for their riverine islands and sand bars.
  • The mouths of these mighty rivers also form some of the largest deltas of the world, for example, the famous Sunderbans delta.
  • These river valley plains have a fertile alluvial soil cover which supports a variety of crops like wheat, rice, sugarcane and jute, and hence supports a large population.

Question 3. Explain the physical features of coastal plains.

Answer: On the basis of the location and active geomorphological processes, it can be broadly divided into two:

  • The western coastal plains;
  • The eastern coastal plains.

The western coastal plains are an example of submerged coastal plain. It is a narrow belt and provides natural conditions for the development of ports and harbours. Kandla, Mazagaon, JLN port. Navha Sheva, Marmagao, Mangalore, Cochin, etc. are some of the important natural ports located along the west coast.

Extending from the Gujarat coast in the north to the Kerala coast in the south, the western coast may be divided into following divisions – the Kachchh and Kathiawar coast in Gujarat, Konkan coast in Maharashtra, Goan coast and Malabar coast in Karnataka and Kerala respectively. As compared to the western coastal plain, the eastern coastal plain is broader and is an example of an emergent coast.

There are well- developed deltas here, formed by the rivers flowing eastward in to the Bay of Bengal. These include the deltas of the Mahanadi, the Godavari, the Krishna and the Kaveri. Because of its emergent nature, it has less number of ports and harbours. The continental shelf extends up to 500 km into the sea, which makes it difficult for the development of good ports and harbours.

It is believed that the city of Dwaraka which was once a part of the Indian mainland situated along the west coast is submerged under water. Because of this submergence it is a narrow belt and provides natural conditions for the development of ports and harbours. Kandla, Mazagaon, JLN port Navha Sheva, Marmagao, Mangalore, Cochin, etc. are some of the important natural ports located along the west coast.

Question 4. How are Arunachal, Himachal, Purvachal and Uttaranchal Himalayas different from each other?


Arunachal Himalayas

  • These extend from east of Bhutan to Diphu pass in East.
  • Important peaks are- Kangtu and Namcha Barwa.
  • They are bisected by fast flowing rivers forming deep gorges.
  • Brahmaputra flows through deep a gorge after crossing Namcha Barwa.
  • Subansiri, Dihang, Dibang and Lohit are the important rivers. Perennial rivers have high rate of fall which helps to generate hydro-electricity.

The Himachal and Uttarakhand Himalayas

  • It lies between river Ravi and Kali in the east.
  • Northernmost part is the extension of the Ladakh desert.
  • All these ranges Nimadi, Himachal and Chivalric are prominent here.
  • Hill stations are Dharamshala, Mussoorie, Shimla, Ranikhet and Almora.
  • Shiwaliks are important for dun formation. For example- Kalka dun, Nalagarh dun (Dehradun is the largest- dun, its length is 35-45 km and width is 22-25 km.)
  • Tribes common are Dhotia’s which migrates to higher region in summer.
  • Valley of flowers- Nanda devi is also situated here.
  • Gail’s, the Manipur Pilgrimages common are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib.

The Eastern Hills and mountains or Purvachal.

  • General alignment from the north to south direction.
  • In north, they are known as Patkai Bum, Naga hills, the Manipur hills and in the south, as Mizo or Lushai Hills. This forms Purvanchal range.
  • Most of these ranges are separated from each other by numerous small rivers.
  • The barak is an important river in Manipur and Mizoram.
  • Mizoram has a large lake known as ‘loktak lake is made up of soft unconsolidated deposits.
  • Mizoram and Manipur are tributary of Barak river, which is the turn tributary of Meghna rivers in eastern part of Manipur are tributaries of Chindwin which is in turn is a tributary of Ireawady of Myanmar.

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