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What are the important characteristic features of north Indian rivers? - Geography

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What are the important characteristic features of north Indian rivers?

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Important characteristics of north Indian rivers are as follows:

  • Origin: They originate in the Himalayan mountains covered with glaciers.
  • Nature of flow: These are perennial because they receive water from glaciers and rainfall.
  • Drainage pattern: These’ are antecedent and consequently lead to the dendritic pattern in plains.
  • Nature of river: It has a long course, flowing through the rugged mountains experiencing headward erosion and river capturing; In plains, it exhibits meandering and shifting of course.
  • Catchment area: Its catchment areas include very large basins.
  • Age of river: These rivers are young and youthful. These are active and deepening in the valleys.
Concept: River Regimes
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NCERT Geography - India Physical Environment Class 11
Chapter 3 Drainage System
Exercises | Q 4. (i) | Page 31
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