Class 7 Geography


As time progressed, human beings became less dependent directly on nature for food, shelter and clothing. The people in the ancient times were nomads.

They used to move from one place to another in search of food. They never stayed at one place. They covered themselves with leaves.

But with time, man started modifying the environment to fulfill his needs. They started growing food, building homes and developing better means of transport and communication.


These are places where people build their homes. The early man lived on trees and in caves. When the early human beings started agriculture, they had to stay in a permanent home. This is how civilizations developed. The settlements developed near river valleys because of water availability and fertility of land.

Civilizations and Rivers

Indus ValleyIndus
Tigris - EuphratesTigris

Types of Settlement

  1. Temporary or permanent
  2. Rural or urban

Temporary Settlement

Settlements that are occupied for a short time are temporary settlements. Examples of temporary settlements are, deep forests, hot and cold deserts, mountains. People living in such temporary settlements practice hunting, gathering, shifting cultivation and transhumance.

Permanent Settlement

In these settlements people build homes to live in. Most of the settlements these days are permanent settlements.

Rural Settlement

These comprise of the villages where the people are engaged in agriculture and allied activities. These are of the following types:

  1. Compact Settlements: These are closely built area of dwelling wherever flat land is available.
  2. Scattered Settlements: These are spaced over an extensive area. This type of settlement is mostly found in hilly areas, thick forests and areas of extreme climate.

The houses are built in rural areas depending on the environment.

Urban Settlements

These include towns and cities. Towns are small whereas cities are big. The people in the urban areas are engaged in manufacturing, trading and services.