Land Resources are resource endowments for economic development in order to improve the quality of life and living condition of the people over time. The present survey of research on land resources attempts a review of papers dealing with application of landform studies in socio-economic development. Study of landforms is essential for better land use, land capability, land evaluation, land development and land management. In the present study major characteristics of physical attributes of land and land based resources have been attempted, reviewing the processes of land degradation and desertification, landslides, coastal processes, glacial features and climate change and role of landforms in urban development and natural hazard zonation. The rapidly growing studies on land resources have undergone a rapid change in content, methodology and approach to the study of landforms and their application in social and economic spheres. It has been observed that depletion of land resources is the greatest challenge in this century. Pressure on land is rapidly increasing due to increasing population for finite land resources.
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