Essay on Urban Geography: Chile

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Chilean Landscape Chile is located along the southwestern coast of South America and has the Andes Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. The landscape in Chile offers diversity from deserts, forests, rivers, glaciers and valleys. Chile has three different climate zones and they experience a variety of seasons to support their primary sector of agriculture and produce variety of fruits including grapes to manufacture wine. ("Chile facts and," 2007) Population Density: Urban or Rural? Urbanization trends started occurring in Chile in 1930. Migration from the rural areas and the Andes Mountains transplanted Chileans to the urban center of Santiago. “Ocean transportation and shipping were vital to the…show more content…
The middle to lower class Chilean’s migrated as they had the jobs and resources to migrate to the urban areas. The segregation of the wealthy mine workers and the middle class impact patterns of urbanization. The wealthy have urbanized from the center of Santiago to the leading outward like “a road or spine lined with businesses and wealthy suburbs which are in Vitacura and Providencia.” ("Residential patterns and,"¬) Vitacura and Providencia are communes on the north-east and north side respectively of Santiago that has the wealthiest individuals and is full of private schools and fashion trends including architecture. ("Digital globe," 2010) Population Density in Cities and Agglomerations Currently land is distributed in “agglomerations of twenty-thousand people in a given land area versus the two-thousand per land area in the 1930’s.” (“Chile-urban areas,”) Agglomerations are a great indication of Chile being an urbanized country. According to the “1982 census there are 51 cities and towns that represent agglomerations in Chile that represent 66% of the population.” (“Chile-urban areas,”) The “main agglomerations in Chile include

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