Land as a resource

Lesson 7: Land resources

Land as a resource

Land is a finite natural resource. Land forms like hills, valleys, plains, river basins and wetlands include different resource-generating areas that the people living in them depend on. Soil is an organized mixture of minerals, organic material, living organisms, air and water. The roots of trees and grasses bind the soil. If forests are depleted, or grasslands overgrazed, the land becomes unproductive and wasteland is formed.

Land is an important resource as it provides essential medium for development of agriculture, vegetation, forestry etc. In India nearly 54 per cent of land is used for agriculture. Man needs land for building homes cultivating food, maintaining pastures for domestic animals, developing industries to provide goods and supporting industries by creating towns and cities.


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