Human environment settlement, transport and communication
SettlementsSettlement are places where people build their homes. Early human beings lived on trees and in caves. When they started to grow crops it became necessary to have a permanent home. The settlements grew near the river valleys as water was available and land was fertile. Settlements can be permanent and temporary.
TYPES OF SETTLEMENTSSettlements which are occupied for a short time are called temporary settlements. The people living in deep forests, hot and clod deserts and mountain often dwell in such temporary settlements. They practice hunting, gathering ,shifting cultivation and transhumance. However more and more settlements today are permanent settlements. In these settlements, people build homes to live.
TransportTransport is the means by which people and goods move.
Road waysThe most commonly used means of transport especially for short distances are roads. They can be metalled for short distances are roads. They can be metalled and unmetalled.
RailwaysThe railways carry heavy goods and people over long distances quickly and cheaply.
Water waysWater ways are the cheapest for carrying heavy and bulky goods over long distances . They are mainly of two types – inland water ways and sea routes.
Air waysThis is the fastest way of transport developed in the early twentieth century.
CommunicationCommunication is the process of conveying messages to others. Through news papers, radio and television we can communicate with a large number of people they are therefore called mass media.