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Settlement Characteristics

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Geography Starter

Starter

 
What does this settlement do? What is it's function? Why is it located where it is? How would you describe its situation? Do you think it is an 'important' settlement?
Barcelona from the Sagrada Família
 
Geography Activities

Activities

 
 

Site and Situation

Site
The actual location of a settlement. For example; Toulouse is at Latitude 43,38 ° N, Longitude 1,22 ° E, approximately 580 km south from Paris.
Situation
The location of a settlement in relation to places (human and physical) surrounding it. For example; Toulouse is a city in southwest France on the banks of the Garonne River, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
 

Location Factors

Wet-Point Site
Dry-Point Site
Building Materials
Defence
Fuel Supply
Food Supplies
Nodal Point
Bridging Point
Shelter
Aspect
 

Pattern

Dispersed Settlement Pattern
Linear Settlement Pattern
Nucleated Settlement Pattern
     
Dispersed Settlement Pattern
Linear Settlement Pattern
Nucleated Settlement Pattern
 
Google Earth Placemark   Dispersed, Linear or Nucleated Placemarks
 
The map below can also be used to view the placemarks. Can you decide if each settlement is Dispersed, linear or nucleated? What about the settlement you live in?
 

Function

Click on each Function for an example
 

Hierarchy

Settlement Hierarchy
 
Geography Review

Review

 
Play one of the ClassTools games to practice the definitions of the Location Factors.
 

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