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18 Geography Standards

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By: Teryn Tachuk

The 18 Geography Standards

URL: http://mariaclarita.wordpress.com/tag/maps/APA: Claire, Mary (2011, July 20). Twin Cities. Retrieved from http://mariaclarita.wordpress.com/tag/maps/

Standard Five:Regional Geography

Standard One:Maps and other Geographic Representations

This map has the US/Mexico borderlands highlights with sister cities labeled.

The US/Mexico borderlands would be considered a functional region because it is focused around an area of interest that people are attracted to, which is the border itself, and utilizes paths of transportation, whether to reach the region or to cross the border.

Standard Two:Mental Maps

A mental map that I created of a trip from San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico across the border to San Luis, Arizona.

URL: maps.google.com for assistance.

Standard Three:Analyzing Spatial Organization

URL: http://www.migrationinformation.org/charts/map2-spot-apr08.cfm APA: Migration Policy Institute (2006). Mexican Born as a Percentage of the Total Foreign-Born Population by State. Retrieved from http://www.migrationinformation.org/charts/map2-spot-apr08.cfm

By interpreting this map showing the amount of Mexican-born contributing to the foreign-born population, I learned that the states with the highest percentile of Mexican-born foreigners were the states that share a border with Mexico, such as Texas and Arizona. The further away from the border you looked, the percentile of Mexican-born lowered, due to more amounts of Canadians and other nationalities that may have traveled from the east.

URL: http://www.interesting6.com/us-mexican-border/APA: Six, Micheal (2013, September 9). Exploring the US-Mexico Border. Retrieved from http://www.interesting6.com/us-mexican-border/

The US-Mexico borderlands contain both human and physical characteristics. Pictured here are crosses placed on the border wall from family members of those who passed and the physical terrain of the borderland.

Standard Four:Physical and Human Characteristics of Places

URL: http://www.interesting6.com/us-mexican-border/APA: L., Rachel (2008, July 22). The Shame of Italy, the Shame of the United States. Retrieved from http://www.interesting6.com/us-mexican-border/

Standard Six:Perceptions of Places and Regions

Personal image.

My own culture background effects how I view other regions such as the borderlands. Because I grew up in Michigan, I never had much knowledge of the border down south. All I heard about was the drug cartel problems and illegal immigrants crossing over. Now that I am learning more about the border and the rich cuture and community, my knowledge has expanded past the negative aspects.

Standard Seven:Physical Processes

Google Earth images

Various physical processes contribute to the vast landscape of the borderlands.

Pictured are the perennial washes of the Gila River and Mount Ajos of the Organ Pipe National Monument, both in Southern Arizona.

Standard Eleven:Economic Interdependence

Standard Eight:Ecosystems

URL: http://www.epa.gov/wed/pages/ecoregions/na_eco.htmAPA: Western Ecology Division (2013, September 16). Ecoregions of North America. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/wed/pages/ecoregions/na_eco.htm

As the map shows, there are many types of ecoregions in North America. The US-Mexico borderlands include ecoregions such as North American deserts, Southern semi-arid highlands, and temperate sierras.

Standard Nine:Population Geography

URL: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/mapping/interactive-map/?ar_a=1

The population density of the borderlands are revealed in this map. The more urbanized a city is, the more people are living there.

Standard Ten:Cultural Mosiacs

URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgen_de_GuadalupeAPA: 2013, November 9. Our Lady of Guadalupe. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgen_de_Guadalupe

URL: http://www.thecuresafety.com/CAUTION_CUIDADO_Wet_Floor_Piso_Mojado_Floor_Sign_p/hdfs201.htmAPA: 2012. Caution/Cuidado Sign. Retrieved from http://www.thecuresafety.com/CAUTION_CUIDADO_Wet_Floor_Piso_Mojado_Floor_Sign_p/hdfs201.htm

With a combination of American and Mexican culture, the borderlands reveal aspects that are important to both, such as the Virgin Mary in religion, and that are unique, such as language.

URL: http://depts.washington.edu/canada/nafta/NAFTA97_8.html/9kussmann.htmAPA: Kussmann, Erika. Across the Rio Grande: Interdependence and the Developing Region of the Texas/Mexico Border. Retrieved from http://depts.washington.edu/canada/nafta/NAFTA97_8.html/9kussmann.htm

This map reveals the economic interdependence between the United States and Mexico. America imports and exports billions of dollars of goods to and from Mexico.

Standard Twelve:Human Settlement

Standard Eighteen:Apply Geography to Plan for the Future

Standard Seventeen:Apply Geography to Interpret the Past

Standard Fourteen:How Human Actions Modify the Physical Environment

Standard Thirteen:Cooperation and Conflict

Standard Sixteen:Resource Geography

URL: http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/nm/columbus.htmlAPA: Chenowith, Henry. Columbus. Retrieved from http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/nm/columbus.html

A majority of the Earth's population lives in cities. Each city has it's own function, pattern, and reason for placement. This photo shows Columbus, New Mexico, a settlement that was involved in battles between Mexico and America and is now a ghost town.

With border conflict increasing, it is important for cooperation to occur between the United States and Mexico to keep border operations running smoothly, as well as keeping communities safe.

URL: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45084559/#.Un_N5_msiSoAPA: Johnson, Gene. 2011, October 29. US Scales Back Northern Border Checks. Retrieved from: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45084559/#.Un_N5_msiSo


URL: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/world/road-to-rio/satellite-photos-urban-sprawl/index.htmlAPA: Mackay, M., Webster, G. Images from Space Track Relentless Spread of Humanity. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/world/road-to-rio/satellite-photos-urban-sprawl/index.html

Humans are a large factor in the changes we see in the world, such as these two photos from Chander, Arizona, taken 26 years apart. The green agrictulture and vegetation has mostly been removed and replaced with expansive cityscape.


Standard Fifteen:How Physical Systems Affect Human Systems

URL: http://www.azgs.az.gov/hazards_floods.shtmlAPA: Floods and Debris Flows. Retrieved from http://www.azgs.az.gov/hazards_floods.shtml

Many aspects of physical geography can affect our daily lives, such as the Arizona monsoon season. Pictured is a flood that occured during a monsoon storm in the Tucson Mountains of Southern Arizona.

It is important to us, as humans, to utilize the resources we have wisely. Pictured is the solar power plant located next to the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, which uses the heavy amount of sunshine in that region of the United States to produce power.

Google Earth image

Looking at geography is a helpful tool when it comes to learning about the past. For example, this map shows mining establishment from the 1800s, which brought many people to the region and began to form cities.

URL: http://jeff.scott.tripod.com/miningaz.htmlAPA: Scott, Jeffery (2013, November 10). Mining in Arizona. Retrieved from: http://jeff.scott.tripod.com/miningaz.html

Studying geography is important to building a beneficial future, and schools such as Quartz Hill Elementary School in Gilbert, Arizona are vital in educating future generations.

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