Glacial Management: Economic Activities Flashcards

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Why is farming challenging in glaciated areas?

The soil in glaciated areas is not very fertile, steep slopes make it difficult to grow crops, and heavy rainfall and low temperatures add to the challenges. Farmers often raise sheep and cows instead.

How do glaciers help with water management?

Glaciers store water from snow and ice melt, acting as natural reservoirs.

Dams are constructed to harness this water for hydroelectric power, agriculture and domestic use.

What are the environmental concerns of forestry in glaciated areas?

Logging can destroy animal habitats and natural tourist sites. Sustainable forestry practices, like selective logging and replanting, are used to mitigate these impacts.

Why is quarrying carried out in glaciated areas?

Glaciers leave behind valuable deposits of hard rocks and minerals. Quarrying in these areas often affects fewer people due to the low population in harsh environments.

How does responsible tourism benefit glaciated areas?

Responsible tourism minimises environmental impacts and supports local communities by providing employment opportunities and promoting cultural heritage.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of hydroelectric power in glaciated areas?

Benefits include renewable energy and stable water supply.

Drawbacks include environmental impacts and possible relocation of villages.

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