GS-I -World’s Physical Geography

IMD’s Monsoon Forecast

May 7, 2016

The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast for this monsoon estimates 106 per cent of normal rainfall this season. After two successive years of drought, this seems to be an encouraging prediction to the Indian economy. What exactly does the IMD’s monsoon forecast mean? IMD has predicted India is expected...

Avalanches: Questions & Answers

April 11, 2016

Avalanche are a kind of high velocity mass wasting event in which the material fall down a mountain side due to gravity. If the material is mostly snow { Along with ice and associated debris such as rock fragments, soil and vegetation}, it is called snow-avalanche. Avalanches are natural...

Blood Diamonds Explained

March 24, 2016

On 27 January 2016, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly reaffirmed its support to Kimberley Process, the initiative aimed at stopping global trade in blood diamonds. We look into various facets of Blood Diamonds. What are Blood Diamonds? Some regions in Africa are rich in Diamonds. The Central African...

Cobalt as Conflict Mineral: Analysis

March 24, 2016

Cobalt (Co) {atomic number 27} has been used since times immemorial to give beautiful blue colour to wide variety of items.  It was used in coloured jewellery, utensils and sculptures as back as third millennium BC. Since Bronze age, Cobalt is being used in coloured glass. Oldest cobalt coloured...

India’s Rare Earth Industry

March 24, 2016

Of late, India’s interest on rare earth elements has increased to further its development and geopolitical interests. The renewed interest is due to China’s dominant position in the global rare earths industry. What elements constitute rare earths group? Rare earth elements are a set of seventeen chemical elements which...

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