OMTEX CLASSES: Maharashtra Plateau.

Maharashtra Plateau.

Ans. (a) The north - western part of the Deccan Plateau is known as the Maharashtra Plateau whose western limit is marked by the Western Ghats.

(b) The region has basalt rocks formed by lava that outpoured from fissures and spread over the region. This basalt has the maximum thickness of about 2 km.

(c) Due to the horizontal nature of the basalt rocks, the entire region has an appearance of a series of flat lands, placed at different heights.

(d) The hill tops in the Maharashtra Plateau area are generally flat. The height of the plateau ranges between 400m and 600 m and in its northern portion is the Tapi basin which slopes westward.

(e)  To the south of the Tapi basin, the plateau sloped eastward and forms the upper portions of the Godavari and Krishna basins.

(f) A number of offshoots from the Western Ghats, running in a west to east direction, from the divisions between the different river basins. The Wardha - Waiganga basin occupies the eastern portion of the Maharashtra Plateau. These rivers flow roughtly in a north - south direction.