Urban Environments

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Syllabus: Characteristics of urban places, including site, function, land use, hierarchy of settlement (including megacities) and growth process (planned or spontaneous)

Site, situation and growth

Site: the actual land that a settlement is built on.

Situation: the land/resources and environment surrounding the site.


Make notes about the factors that affected the choice of site for settlements:

  • Wet point
  • Dry point
  • Resources
  • Trade
  • Defensive
  • Aspect
  • Why did some cities grow bigger and become more important than others - explain your answer and give examples to support the points you make - screenshot from Google Maps and add labels.
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