From the very first civilizations, to a modern metropolis - humans have always chosen places to live based on the physical nature of their surroundings.
- Early settlements were built close to water, food and fuel sources, in sheltered, low-altitude regions.
- Early civilisations were concentrated around major river flows, which enabled trade and travel.
- Modern settlements grow around trade and transport hubs.
- Technology has allowed humans to settle on every continent of the world.
Many of us live in a world of convenience.
Our homes have running water and heating.
We can buy the food and clothing we need.
And transport networks take us almost anywhere.
But the first human settlers didn't have such luxuries.
When choosing a site to build their homes, environmental factors were a ...
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