Prelims 2021

Q. With reference to the water on the planet Earth, consider the following statements:

1.The amount of water in the rivers and lakes is more than the amount of groundwater.
2.The amount of water in polar ice caps and glaciers is more than the amount of groundwater.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Correct Answer: b) 2 only

Question from UPSC Prelims 2021 GS Paper

Explanation : 

The following table gives the distribution of water in percentage.

Oceans : 97.3
Ice-caps : 02.0
Ground water : 0.68
Fresh water lakes : 0.009
Inland seas and
salt lakes : 0.009
Atmosphere : 0.0019
Rivers : 0.0001

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