UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-9

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    Consider the following statements about Kalahari desert.                                
    1. It is a semi-arid sandy Savanna in South Africa.                                           
    2. Namib desert is located to its West.                                                        
    3. The only permanent river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the North-West.                  
    Which of the statements given above are correct?                                        

    A)  1 and 2           

    B)  1 and 3                

    C)                   1 and 3           

    D)  All of these                            

    Correct Answer: D

    Solution :

    [d] The Kalahari desert is a large semi-arid sandy Savanna "South Africa extending 900000sq km (350000sq mile covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and Sour Africa. As semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazin: after good rains, the Kalahari supports more animals an: plants than a true desert, such as the Namib desert to the West. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. It usually receives 3 - 7.5 inches (76-190 mm) of rain per year. The only permanent river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the North-West, forming marshes that are rich in wildlife. Ancient dry river beds called Omuramba-traverse, the Central-Northern reaches of the Kalahari and provide standing pools of water during the rainy season. Among deserts of the Southern hemisphere, Kalahari most closely resembles some Australian deserts its latitude and its mode of formation.

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