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I'm confused in 「に作られた」 in the following sentence. Kindly explain this part to me.

「Central Base」とは、旧「アクアポリス・中央エアポート」に作られた、「ASDF」の陸上(?)基地のことだ。

Some sort of translation:

1) Central base is, created by the old Aquapolice - Central airport, ASDF's land(?) base.

2) Central base is, created on the old Aquapolice - Central airport, ASDF's land(?) base. (However in this case I think that で would be more suitable)

The "(?)" is part of the original text.

Thank you very much for help!

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The reading as に to mark the agent of the passive construction is definitely syntactically possible, but a much more likely reading is the locative に, i.e. your second reading.

Why is it に and not で? で marks a place where an action happens, に marks a place where something "exists". There is definitely some overlap in usage, but で in this case sounds strange to me, as if "it was built there, but then moved somewhere else".

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Oh! I'm glad you posted this. I really wanted it to be the locative reading, but my understanding was that it would have to be で in that case. Time for me to review に and で, I suppose! :-) –  snailboat Sep 21 '13 at 23:24
    
Yes, this answer is correct. –  execjosh Sep 22 '13 at 0:25
    
I should have read the question more carefully. This should have been my answer. –  Earthliŋ Sep 22 '13 at 8:11
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