Significance of Peninsular Plateau

  The region is rich in both metallic and non-metallic minerals. Mineral ores like iron, manganese, copper, bauxite, chromium, mica, gold, silver, zinc, lead, mercury, coal, diamond, precious stones, granite, marble and building stone.

  About 98% of the Gondwana coal deposits are found in the Peninsular region.

  A substantial part of Plateau is covered under black soil. The soil is conducive for the cultivation of cotton, millets, maize, pulses, orange and citrus fruits.

  Some areas of southern peninsula are suitable for cultivation for the cultivation of tea, coffee, rubber, cashew spices, tobacco, groundnut and oil seeds.

  The forests provide teak, sal, sandalwood, ebony, mahogany, bamboo, cane, rosewood and logwood as well as large variety of forest products.

  The Ghats are rich in biodiversity of flora and fauna.

  The hilly and mountainous areas of peninsula are abodes of many scheduled tribes.

  There are numerous hill stations and hill resorts which are major attraction for tourists.

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