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With reference to examples, what factors do you think are most important in determining the distribution of population at both global and national scale?

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20th September 2001 Emma Theaker With reference to examples, what factors do you think are most important in determining the distribution of population at both global and national scale? Population distribution national and worldwide reflects the complex interaction of physical, economic, social, political and demographic factors. It shows the general dispersion of humans around the certain area being looked at, either at national or global scales. The first thing I can say about both global and national population distributions is that it is very uneven throughout all areas. Many factors influence the fact that distribution is uneven. The main physical features being: climate, soil, altitude, relief and rivers. With the primary human factors being: communications, economics, political and resources. Each of these factors plays an important part in global and national population distribution. The example that I can use to show population distribution is Brazil. The reason that this is the case is because it shows very clearly population distribution, with all the human and physical factors there. ...read more.


both favor farming. This is a very important part when choosing where to live. The Primary centers of population; The northeast sea border of USA, Europe (particularly Northwest) and the Indian sub-continent and Southeast Asia are all highly populated because of having the above. Without most or all the above factors, few people would have been attracted to those countries. There are also a few secondary centers of population, with Brazil, South Africa, Southeast sea border of Australia and Western Sea border of USA all being quite densely inhabited. The reasons for this being that they have got some of the above physical factors to encourage people to move there. Now annotating on a national scale I will look at Brazil. This shows clear reasons why people might move in to certain areas in the country. Looking at the map of Brazil (fig 2 attatched), I can see a relatively simple general pattern. ...read more.


Economic reasons, such as where the government are prepared to put their money into to build new towns, and restore areas so they are habitable also will effect national population distribution. Regions that can support high population densities and still produce jobs for residents will encourage people to move into an area. Lastly, for people to move into an area there has got to be good communications, such as roads, railways, airports, so that trade can be developed and that area can grow. To summarise everything and to answer the question on what factors do you think are most important in determining the distribution of population at both global and national scale. I would say that from all the information above I can conclude that physical factors will effect where population is on a global scale, It is less particular, because the scale is huge. Whereas when you move in to a certain country or region, factors get more specific, and they will be both human and physical. ...read more.

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