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A conurbation is an urban area comprising a number of cities, towns and villages which, through population growth and expansion, have physically merged to form one continuous built up area. It is thus a polycentric form of agglomeration. This term is commonly used in the United Kingdom. Crowded Shibuya, Tokyo shopping district An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... A city is an urban area, differentiated from a town, village, or hamlet by size, population density, importance, or legal status. ... Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... Human population increase from 10,000 BC – 2000 AD. Population growth is change in population over time, and can be quantified as the change in the number of individuals in a population per unit time. ... In the study of human settlements, an agglomeration is an extended city or town area comprising the built-up area of a central place (usually a municipality) and any suburbs or adjacent satellite towns. ...

A metropolitan area usually combines one or several conurbations with peripheral zones not themselves necessarily urban in character, but closely dependent on the conurbation(s) in terms of employment and commerce. The word conurbation is not used in the United States. The term metropolitan area is used instead. The San Francisco Bay Area which is a cluster of cities, towns, and villages surrounding the San Francisco Bay is an example. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ...

The Randstad, which is a densely populated area in the Netherlands consisting of a cluster of the four biggest cities of the country and several smaller cities, towns and urbanized villages, is an appropriate example of a conurbation. The Brussels-Capital Region in Belgium, by contrast, is an ordinary type of agglomeration centered on one city. Schematic map of the Randstad. ... The Brussels-Capital Region (French: R gion de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, German: Region Br ssel-Hauptstadt) or Brussels Region (French: R gion Bruxelloise, Dutch: Brusselse Gewest) is one of the three regions of Belgium. ...

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It is not a statistically based concept, but normally refers to one city or a conglomerate of very large cities surrounded by extensive suburbs, which form...
Dictionary of the Social Sciences; 1/1/2002; Craig Calhoun; 51 words; conurbation An early term in geography that describes the emergence of continuous urban zones, such as that between Washington, D.C., and Boston...
African Business; 12/1/2004; Nevin, Tom; 1277 words; When South Western Townships (Soweto) was established in the 1950s as a dormitory for fl mineworkers in the pits and shafts around Johannesburg, that's all it was intended as: a place for them to sleep, safely away from white residential areas, but convenient enough for the mines.
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