18 National Geography Standards

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18 National Geography Standards

Standard 5: Regional geography. People create regions on maps to better describe areas.The borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico are a "formal region" since the border is recognized and controlled.

Standard 3: Interpreting spatial patterns of people, places, and environment on a map. Map of the drug routes between different areas of the borderlands (Retrieved from http://www.stopliberallies.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/drug-traffic-routes-and-cartel-areas.jpg).

Standard 2: Drawing mental maps.Map to Militar, Mexico from Douglas, Arizona (drawn by Brooke Gloor).

Standard 1: Reading a map.This is a map of the US-Mexico borderlands (http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/projects/borderstudies/health.html).

Standard 4: Physical characteristics of an area.Like, the flat desert areas by the border (http://jaguarhabitatusa.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/wall_coronado_by_matt_clark.jpg) and just how close Nogales, AZ is to Mexico (http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/files/entryimages/nogalesnogales_1nogalesnogales).

Standard 6: Preceptions of places and reality.Before learning more about the border, all I knew was that it was insecure in general and that there was a lot of improvements that needed to be made to stop people from crossing illegally into our country. Generally, I believe most people cross the border to America for the freedoms we have that Mexico doesn't.

Standard 7: Physical Processes.The land in the borderlands is mainly desert and sand dunes (http://rdanielak.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-borderlands-identity-and.html).

Standard 8: Ecosystems This map (http://www.mappery.com/map-of/Mexican-Ecosystem-Map) shows the different ecosystems the borderlands area has.

Standard 9: Population geographyThis map (http://www.paho.org/SaludenlasAmericas/index.php?id=63&option=com_content&Itemid=&lang=pt) shows the areas of larger population in the United States-Mexico borderlands.

Standard 10: Cultural aspectsThe culture along the border is enriched with traditional traditional Mexican cultural aspects (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/02/26/travel/26NOGALES5_SPAN/26JPNOGALES5-articleLarge.jpg) and modernized American aspects, like fast food chains.

Standard 11: Economic interdependence This map shows how goods are transported through the US from Mexico and vise-versa (http://latinosreadytovote.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/nasco_corridor.jpg). Both countries rely on one another for economic growth.

Standard 12: Human settlement Most US-Mexico border cities were settled in because they had a large amount of copper to be mined during the gold rush. This is a gold mine in Bisbee, Arizona (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stjeanm/6986243895/).

Standard 13: Cooperation and Conflict The United States has been working side-by-side with Mexico to help stop the violence caused by drug cartels (http://www.bloomberg.com/image/idW_st02umW4.jpg).

Standard 14: Human modification of the environmentHighways, irrigation, and housing developments are perfect examples of how humans modify the environment (screenshot using google maps for standard 14 project).

Standard 15: Physical systems affecting human systemsFlash floods can be very problematic in Arizona (http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/floods-hit-50-navajo-nation-chapters-across-arizona-new-mexico-and-utah-this-week.html#).

Standard 16: Changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resourcesHumans are now using solar panels (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CSP_prospects_for_the_SW_USA_(3%25_slopes).jpg) and windmills.

Standard 17: Apply geography to interpret the pastUsing old maps, like this one of Arizona in 1948 (www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/view/search?QuickSearchA=QuickSearchA&q=1948+Map+of+arizona&sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&search=Search), you can assume what was going on in the area at that time.

Standard 18: Apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the futureLooking at maps over time to see how that area is going to most likely development.

18 National Geography Standards


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