The term conurbation applies to Urban settlement that have grown together to form a large built up cluster of urban sprawl a network of merged urban communities possibly dominating a region that has arisen due to population growth and spatial expansion. The origin of the word is associated with the work of scottish biologist/urban planning pioneer patrick Geddes.
The word conurbation though unmusical to the ear and of latin extraction and Conurbation is a region comprising a number of cities large towns, and otherurban areas that, through population growth and physical expansion, have merged to form one continuous urban and industrially developed area. In most cases, a conurbation is a polycentric urban agglomeration, in which transportation has developed to link areas to create a single urban labour market or travel to work area.
A conurbation can be confused with a metropolitan area. As the term is used in North America, a metropolitan area can be defined by the Census Bureau or it may consist of a central city and its suburbs, while a conurbation consists of adjacent metropolitan areas that are connected with one another by urbanization. Internationally, the term “urban agglomeration” is often used to convey a similar meaning to “conurbation”. A conurbation should also be contrasted with a megalopolis, where the urban areas are close but not physically contiguous and where the merging of labour markets has not yet developed.