Borderlands Glog

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Borderlands Glog

Standard 1 Focus: EPA map of the US Mexico Borderlands Source:

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Standard 3 Focus: Interpretting geographical patterns. This map shows the concentration of immigrant deaths along the border. It is clear that life doesn't necessarily get better for immigrants once they get to the US. Judging by the concentration of the death being closest to the border, I think it's safe to say that a good deal of those deaths are due to violence from officials. I know that (especially along the Arizona border) that the residents and border patrol members have really cracked down in the last ten years judging by the concentration of deaths nearest to the Mexican border.Source:

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Standard 4 Focus: The borderlands are filled with both human and physical characteristics. This is historical characteristic: Mexican and American Soldiers guarding a border mark (which still exists today). Source:

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Standard 2 Focus: Mental Map of Crossing the Border from El Paso, Texas to Juarez Mexico. The screen shot is courtesy of Google Maps/Google Earth.

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Standard 6 Focus: My cultural background and perseptions affect how I view the borderlands. Prior to this unit, I had a ton of misconceptions about the lives of people living along the border, as there is so much propaganda to make us think negatively about the group as a whole. A good majority of these people are hard working people just trying to make a living, and identify as a region all their own rather than with the US or Mexico. (Also, this is a picture me and my dog Wednesday).

The U.S. and Mexico borderlands are a functional region. While it could be defined as a perceptual region, as it is a "mentally mapped" spacial unit of land, but the borderlands have far too much in common on either side of the border to just be considered cities along the border. The people that live in the borederlands (on either side of the border) are more closely related in lifestyle than they are with their own respective country.The cities along the border, some of which are considered the most impoverished cities in North America, rely heavily on tourism, trade, shopping, and other commerce in order to survive. This is a unique region centered around trade that doesn't identify with either the US or Mexico, but rather its counterpoint on either side of the border.

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Standard 7: Geographical processes that create the borderlands landscape. This is a screenshot from Google Earth ( or the desert in Sonora just south of the border. I see a small lake in the middle of the desert, as well as small mountain ranges that formed over thousands and thousands of years.

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Standard 9: Population geography. This map shows concentration of population in Arizona. I noticed that in the middle of areas where there is little to no people, there are those small areas of concentration. I assume these are areas where the border crossings are, and people have concentrated there because of the opportunity for work. Source:

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Standard 8: Ecoregions. This is a map of the different areas in the borderlands that have been protected to preserve the environment. This is a cooperative effort between the US and Mexico.

Geography of the BorderlandsBy Jordan Mooney

Standard 10: Culture. This is such a beautiful place to live on either side of the border. The rich traditions (and even current political issues) are seen on both sides of the border. Sources:,

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Standard 13: This chart shows the balance of imports and exports between the US and Mexico. It shows that we are in cooperation, and thereby and codependent on one another. Source:

Standard 12: Human settlement. The town of Bisbee, AZ formed around mining. People will live where the opportunity for work takes them! Source:

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Standard 14: We as humans have a significant effect on the environment, even that of the beautiful borderlands. This is a photo of the Sonoran Desert, littered with trash. Source:

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Standard 15: The environment affects us as humans. This is a photo of the San Pedro River during a flood. This creates a danger to humans trying to get across. Source:

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Standard 16: Humans use natural resources to their advantage. This is a shot of a solar field in Nevada where they are harvesting the abundance of sunlight for power. This is a screenshot from

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Standard 11: We rely on Mexico for cheap goods, and they in turn rely on making money from their exports.

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Standard 17: Geography helps us interpret our past. The Salt River was a great resource when people started to settle in Arizona. This is from about 1900. Source:

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Standard 18: Interpretting the future. The potential for students to grow together as a community is immense in this lucky neighborhood, as the elementary, middle and high schools all share a fence. Source:


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