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How does water affect where people settle? How do these patt

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Aaron Murdock

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How does water affect where people settle? How do these patterns of growth affect the environment?
Water affects where people settle in that people tend to settle near bodies of water. People settle near water, because they use it as transportation, agriculture, and to sustain themselves and their communitites.
In the past...
Historically we can see that people sell water so they could use it for transportation and agriculture.
Patterns of growth affects the environment, because it changes the land and water.
The Maldives Islands
The Maldives Islands are situated in the Indian Ocean. They are an economically disadvantaged country. They rely on fishing, boat building and repair, and fish products. Water affects where they settle, because they needed access to water to help them economically and to improve their ways of living.
New Mexico
When the Pueblo people were settling in New Mexico, they settled around the six moderately dependable rivers. The environment in New Mexico is very dry. The Pueblo people created a system of irrigations to help them grow their crops in dry lands.
New England
During colonial times, New England depended on fur trading and timber extraction. The colonist settled near the oceans, because they were dependent on them to transport their goods to other harbors.
Chesapeake Colonies
The Chesapeake Colonies relied on planting tobacco. They settled near bodies of water to help them maintain their crops, and to transport them around when they were ready to trade.
When the colonists used the land for agriculture, the extensive use caused soil erosion. Soil erosion generally has a bigger affect on smaller bodies of water such as rivers and lakes. The water becomes polluted and no longer useable.
The crops deplete the nutrients in the soil. This limits the amount of flora that is able to grow around the bodies of water.
As more people settle in quicker, the resources are consumed. There are more pollutants and wastes were different. They were usually wastes that came from the soils, or wastes from the people. Today there are more pollutants that go into the water. There are buildings, cars, and many other things that release fumes. Now there are not only "natural" wastes, but now there are chemical wastes.
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