The economic significance of plateaus


Most of the minerals in the world are found in the plateaus.

We get gold from the Plateau of Western Australia; copper, diamonds and gold from the Plateaus of Africa and coal, iron, manganese and mica from the Chota Nagpur Plateau in India.

Rivers falling down the edges of plateaus form water-falls.

These waterfalls provide ideal sites for generating hydel-power.

The higher parts of the plateaus even in tropical and sub-tropical regions have cool climate. Hence they have attracted Europeans to settle there and develop their economy e.g. South and East Africa.

Plateaus have large grassland areas suitable for animal-rearing specially sheep, goat and cattle.

The lava plateaus as compared to all other plateau are richer in agriculture since their soil is very fertile.