UWEC GEOG 326 - THE RURAL‐URBAN FRINGE (18 pages)

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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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Geog 326 - Geography Seminar

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THE RURAL URBAN FRINGE OF EAU CLAIRE CHIPPEWA FALLS Ross Guida Geog 326 10 27 2008 I Introduction A Rural Urban Fringe Simple Definitions The transition zone between built up urban area and the agricultural rural countryside Not still rural not yet urban mixture of land uses Importance of Fringe The fringe is important in analyzing population patterns and growth for cities and the reduction or rural lands as a result It shows how urban sprawl changes the landscape and helps us to identify how the pattern may change in the future Introduction cont B Purpose of Paper To define the urban rural fringe between Eau Claire WI and Chippewa Falls WI Methods ArcMap GIS 9 3 Maps and graphs Roads highways and water map Figure 4 Intersections and water map Figure 5 Kriging Intersection Sq Mi map Figure 6 Landform map Figure 7 Intersections Per Sq Mi Distance graph Figure 8 Study Area Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Wisconsin Results Results show the urban rural fringe between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Wisconsin based on the Kriging distribution map of intersections per square mile Figure 6 0 10 intersection square mile is defined as rural 10 30 is defined as fringe and more than 30 is considered urban The resulting map shows the fringe area in orange Figure 6 II Ideal Pattern A The Thunen Model Figure 1 Function of distance Zones with sharp distinct boundaries CBD is the central business district and is located in the center The next ring outward is urban area The following ring in the urban rural fringe The remaining area outside is rural area B Isotropic Surface Mathematically flat plane Same basic environment People move in all directions equally C Ideal Pattern Figure 1 The ideal pattern has no anomalies Doesn t take into account highways bodies of water etc Hardly ever matches the real world due to the changes in physical landscape Figure 1 Figure 1 Ideal pattern of the Rural Urban Continuum III Possible Anomalies Figure 2 A Barrier Effects Physical Features Water Rivers



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