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Geography of the Borderlands by: Rachael Mack

Standard 4 Focus geographical features: Border fence prevents wildlife such as big horn sheep from migrating and puts them in danger. Source:

Standard 3 Focus: Interpreting geographical patterns. The pattern shown on this map is that most deaths occur closest to the border. Just south of Pima the most deaths seem to occur. As the map goes up north less and less deaths occur because there is no border patrol up there, so the immigrants are less likely to be caught and possibly killed. There is also a small gap in Tucson where no deaths occurred. This is because Tucson has “humane borders” that provides water stations and other things to the migrators. Source:

Standard 1: Focus. Map of US-BorderlandsSource:

Standard 2: Focus. Mental Map from home to work

Standard 5 Focus: Region type of the Borderlands. The Borderlands is a functional region. According to the presentation Different Types of Regions, a functional region is categorized as a central area that affects the places around it. The border causes issues on both sides, yet it does serve a function. The border itself would be the central area and the places it affects would be the opposing sides of the border that are constantly in feuding.Source:

Standard 6 Focus: My own cultural background and perceptions: Due to my cultural background of a very close and loving Italian family, I am very compassionate when viewing others. I always want to help people and when researching the borderlands I have become sensitive to their troubles.

Standard 17 Focus: Use geography to understand the past. In Arizona's early history, settlements were formed for reasons such as copper mining and railroad convience. Source:

Standard 18 Focus: Apply geography to your future: Sunset Ridge Elementary is in a family-oriented neighborhood shown by the drop-off zones, housing, and nearby parks.

Standard 16 Focus: Resource Geography. Letter Y shows the use of soil resources being used for agricultural purposes in this field.

Standard 15 Focus: Effects of Physical Systems on Human Systems. A natural disaster in Mexico caused people to evacuate and homes to be surrounded by extreme flooding.Source:

Standard 14 Focus: Humans Effect on Physical Systems. Humans destroyed fields and good soil in order to expand housing.

Standard 13 Focus: Cooperation or Conflict? This cooperation is among the border cities of El Paso, Southern New Mexico, and CD Juarez Mexico. This is a cooperation of business and economics to make sure each city is getting the attention and meeting consumers in needs. Source:

Standard 12 Focus: Human Settlement. In Columbus, New Mexico humans have created Rockhound State Park. This park is an area for camping, exploring, and mining for gold and copper. Source:

Standard 11 Focus: Economic Interdependence. This example is a pattern of US employment in manufacturing jobs pre and post NAFTA. The graph shows that more jobs were created after NAFTA. The article downplays job correlation to Mexico and how many underpaid people are working there for the US. Source:

Standard 10 Focus: Cultural Mosaics. In border cities such as El Paso, Texas culture and religion play a large role in daily life. Shown by the pictures are children celebrating "The Day of the Dead" and a mural of the Virgin Mary.Sources: and

Standard 9 Focus: Culture Geography: This is a map of the major religions that occupythe majority of the US/Mexico Border region. Based on the map, it shows that the furthernorth from the border the majority of the population's religion is Christian Mixed and Protestant and the closer to the border and all throughout Mexico the majority of the population is Roman Catholic .

Standard 8 Focus: Geographical Regions. The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a naturally made formation that is one ofthe Seven Wonders of the World. It is 1,902 square miles and a huge touristattraction.

Standard 7 Focus: Shaping of Geographical Features.

In this image the cliff face formed by a weaker rock breaking away and leaving a sharp edge. The slick rock was created by erosion from weather whichrounded the rock.

In this image the water level rose and fell which washed away sediment creating the stream terrace.


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