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The Geography of the

Indian Sub-continent

Focus Question:
Where would early settlements
  be located?
 
Imagine…
• You are part of a group of farmers and
herders in the year 2500 b.c.e. The
group needs to move and you have
been chosen to find a new location
where the group can settle. You
traveled around the area and found the
perfect spot. In your notebook draw
a picture that depicts the features
of an ideal site for human
settlement.
   
Bramaputra River

Ganga­
Brahmaputra 
Delta

  Brahmaputra River on the 
 
Tibetan Plateau in China
Deccan
Plateau

   
Eastern
and
Western
Ghats

Western Ghats

Mahabaleshwar, 
Ghats view from 
  Arthur's Seat  
Ganga
(Ganges)
River

Bathing in the Ganges River,


Benares

View of 
the 
Ganges 
in 
Rishikesh

   
Himalaya
Mountains
   
Hindu Kush Mountains

Khyber Pass

   
Indus
River

Indus 
River in 
present­
day 
Pakistan

   
Thar
Desert

   
One Last Consideration…
• Seasonal winds called Monsoons control
India’s climate: winter blows from the
northeast dry air, then spring/summer
blows from the s.w. bringing rain clouds
• Environmental challenges:
unpredictable yearly floods along the
Indus River and extreme wet and dry
seasons.

   
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