Chapter 5

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Class 9
History
Solutions
1. Explain why nomadic tribes need to move from one place to another. What are the advantages to the environment of this continuous movement?

Question:

Explain why nomadic tribes need to move from one place to another. What are the advantages to the environment of this continuous movement?

Answer:

Nomads are the people who move from one place to another, as a community, with all their belongings for their living. The main occupation of nomadic pastoralists is cattle rearing. They had herds of sheep, goats, camels or cattle. To rear the animals they need the availability of water and pasture lands to forage for their animals. Finding such a suitable place for their herds was the main purpose of their constant movement. And when the pasture and water get depleted, they move to another place and keep repeating the cycle.

Advantages to the environment:

  • Such movements of nomadic pastoralists help the pasture lands to regrow and recover.
  • It helps in maintaining the ecology of the environment.
  • It prevents the overuse of pasture as they move to another pasture land after some time.
  • The cattle dung proves to be a good source of manure that increases the fertility of the soil.

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