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Chapter 17 – Forests: Our Lifeline

Chapter 17 – Forests: Our Lifeline

Question 1

Explain how animals dwelling in the forest help it grow and regenerate.

Answer

Animals help in growing and regenerating forests in many ways. Animals work as the cleaning agents in the forest. Microorganisms work on dead bodies of plants and animals and degenerate them. Animals also help in pollination which helps in growing a number of plants. Herbivores helps the carnivores to grow as they serve as food for them. Thus flora and fauna mutually grow in the forest.

Question 2

Explain how forests prevent floods.

Answer

Forests can absorb a lot of water. The roots of the trees absorb the water and prevent it from flowing away. Roots of trees also help in percolation of water into the soil. This helps in preventing floods.

Question 3

What are decomposers? Name any two of them. What do they do in the forest?

Answer

Decomposers are the organisms which feed on the dead bodies of plants and animals. They clean the forests decaying dead bodies and replenishing the nutrients back to the forest soil, e.g.„ beetles and grubs.

Question 4

Explain the role of forest in maintaining the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Answer

Plants release oxygen in the atmosphere during the process of photosynthesis. This oxygen is inhaled by the animals for respiration. During respiration, they release carbon-dioxide which is absorbed by plants. In this way the oxygen and carbon dioxide cycle goes on. Since forests contain a large number of plants, they help much in this cycle and maintain balance in nature.

Question 5

Explain why there is no waste in a forest.

Answer

There is no waste in the forest because decomposers convert all the dead bodies of the plants and animals into the humus which gets added to the soil. Thus, no waste remains.

Question 6

List five products we get from forests.

Answer

(i) We get medicines from forests.

(ii) We get gum from forests.

(iii) We get wood which is used for many purposes like making furniture, paper etc.

(iv) We get food for animals from forests.

(v) We get sealing wax from forests.

Question 7

Fill in the blank:

(a) The insects, butterflies, honeybees and birds help flowering plants in ______ .

(b) A forest is a purifier of and ______.

(c) Herbs form the layer in the forest ______.

(d) The decaying leaves and animal droppings in a forest enrich the  ______.

Answer

(a) pollination (b) water, air (c) lowest (d) soil as humus.

Question 8

Why should we worry about the conditions and issues related to forests far from us?

Answer

We should be worried about deforestation as it would lead to floods, increase in earth’s temperature, decreasing animals habitats and soil erosion. Damage to forests directly or indirectly affects human habitat and environment so it must be a matter of concern among us.

Question 9

Explain why there is a need of variety of animals and plants in a forest.

Answer

All plants and animals sustain the forest life and also C02 – 02 cycle goes on due to animals and plants. Animals convert the dead and decaying matters into humus and increase the fertility of soil, thus enhancing plant growth. All food chains and food webs need variety of plants and animals.

Question 10

In fig. 1 7.15 the artist has forgotten to put the labels and directions on the arrows. Mark the directions on the arrows and label the diagram using the following labels: clouds, rain, atmosphere, carbon dioxide, oxygen, plants, animals, soil, roots, water table.

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Answer

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Question 11

Which of the following is not a forest product?

(i) Gum (ii) Plywood (iii) Sealing wax (iv) Kerosene

Answer

(iv) Kerosene

Question 12

Which of the following statements is not correct?

(i) Forests protect the soil from erosion.

(ii) Plants and animals in a forest are not dependent on one another.

(iii) Forests influence the climate and water cycle.

(iu) Soil helps forests to grow and regenerate.

Answer

(ii) Plants and animals in a forest are not dependent on one another.

Question 13

Micro-organisms act upon the dead plants to produce

(i) sand (ii) mushrooms (iii) humus (iu) wood

Answer

(i) Humus

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