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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?
Tilt-shift Maker: Barcelona from the Sagrada Família
Google Document La Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain
 
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
 
Can you decide if each settlement is dispersed, linear or nucleated? What about the settlement you live in?
 
Placemark Settlement A [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Placemark Settlement B [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Google Document Settlement C [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Google Document Settlement D [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Placemark Settlement E [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Placemark Settlement F [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
 
Google Earth
 

Using Google Earth for Chrome with this lesson

 

Google Earth for Chrome is a web-based version of Google Earth.

An alternative way to save places can be found here.

The individual placemarks can be opened as links from this webpage. Alternatively they can all be opened from a single file. To do this follow these steps:

  1. To view KML files, click Menu and then Settings.
  2. Click Enable KML file import.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Download 'All the Dispersed, Linear or Nucleated Placemarks' onto your computer or upload it to your Google Drive.
  5. Click My Places
  6. Click Import KML file and choose the file from your computer or Google Drive.
 
Google Document All the Dispersed, Linear or Nucleated Placemarks needed for the worksheet
 

Function

Click on each Function for an example
       
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
       
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
 

Hierarchy

Settlement Hierarchy
 
Geography Review

Review

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

 

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