Human uses of Glaciated Landscapes

  • Created by: Smartieee
  • Created on: 15-12-12 10:30

Lower slopes can be used for:

  • Reservoirs
  • Transport links
  • Settlements

The upper slopes can be used for:

  • Quarrying
  • Forestry
  • Sheep farming
  • Sports
  • Horse riding
  • Skiing
  • Walking

There are also several other uses for glaciated landscapes:

1) Glaciers provide water for drinking and irrigating crops:

People living in Peru and Bolivia rely on water from melting glaciers and ice caps to provide water during dry spells. Global warming is causing the ice to melt for a longer period each year. Which means that there will be a lot of water, but if the rate continues, glaciers will retreat, which will lead to the loss of the water altogether.

India, Afghanistan and Pakistan rely on glacial meltwater for both drinking and irrigation during the dry season. Glacial Meltwater is essential for the huge and ever growing population in these areas.

In Switzerland's Rhone Valley, farmers have irrigated their crops for hundreds of years by channelling meltwater from glaciers to their fields.

2) Glaciers can generate hydroelectric


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