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What do we mean by landuse?
Landuse is the function of land - what it is used for. Land use varies from area to area. In rural areas (countryside) land use can include forestry and farming. In urban areas (towns and cities) land use could be housing or industry. Land use in urban areas in MEDCs varies from land use in urban areas in LEDCs. Urban landuse use models attempt to simplify the way land is used in urban areas.

Overview of landuse zones

Landuse models contain functional zones showing landuse. The main zones are identified below. Click each zone to discover characteristics.



[rural - urban fringe] [suburbs] [inner city] [rural - urban fringe] [suburbs] [inner city] CBD


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