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Standard 1: Focus Map of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.Althought I misread the instructions and this map doesn't show the borderlands, I just wanted to show that maps don't have to mean just anaerial view of land. They can be guides in cities as well.Source:DAILY MAP REPORTER. (2009, September 18). Boris Johnson pus Thames back on London Underground map after outrage over design.Retrived from

Standard 2 Focus: Mental map of a trip from Sonoritato W Ajo Way. (Drawn by hand by Jasmine Mihovilovic).

Standard 3 Focus: Interpreting geographic patterns. The borders fromTexas, Arizona, and California are very high risk with drug caretels and drugs coming into there cities and spreading to the rest of the states. Theblack arrow represents all drugs flowing through and you can see majorityof it flows mostly in these border states and heavily in Arizona. SourceChristopher Zoukis. (2014, January 19). Dark History: Mexico's Drug Cartels Part 1. Retrieved from ( 2014, February 27).

Standard 4 Focus: The borderland includes human and physicalcharacterisitics, like how on the right is Mexico, bustling with city lifeand very near the border, where on the left, California, there is just landand very few buildings next to the border.SourceTijuana. (2014, March 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:48, March 28, 2014, from

Standard 5 Focus: What is the region of the borderlands.The U.S. & Mexico Borderlands are a formal region because if you look at the cities close to the border, the language is heavily dominated by Spanish speaking residents. It is considered perceptual because most people outside of the area’s will generally make assumptions about these areas, such as that only Mexicans live in these parts and that they are illegal working on farmlands, when in fact there is a variety of ethnics along these borderlands and most of the farm work is outside the cities. Source: Howard, J. (2011, July 7). Formal, Functional, and Perceptual Regions. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from

Standard 6 Focus: My cultural perceptions and background affecthow I view the region is that I come from a family born and raised in Mexico and I lived in a city where Spanish speaking residents werepersistent. I grew up in a very diverse city and state and I always learnedto always accept everyones culturals. To thrive in yours but to never deny anyone else's.

Standard 7 Focus: I captured this image on I am not sure exactly what landscape it is, I found it along the border of Arizona and Mexcio and it looks like a deep crater with shallow water on thebottom of it. The deserts between the borderlands is beautiful. Source:

Standard 8 Focus: Characteristics and sptial distribution of ecosystems.This map shows all ecosystems such as, California coastal sage, Chihuahuan Desert, Mandrean Archipeiago, Sonoran Desert, etc. Source: Borderlands - Setting - Book Drum. (n.d.). Borderlands - Setting - Book Drum. Retrieved March 28, 2014,

Standard 9 Focus: Human population on EarthThis map shows how densly populated the borderland cities are.Source:National Geographic - Inspiring People to Care About the Planet Since 1888. (n.d.). National Geographic - Inspiring People to Care About the Planet Since 1888. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from

Standard 10: Cultural Characterisitics.The borderlands are very diverse and have manyto offer and it can expand one's mind and taste budsif you love tasty, spicy, food!

Standard 11 Focus: Patterns and networksof economic interdependence This map shows how much California and Texas import and export goods between Mexico and the revnue of the goods is an average $20 billion.Source: Map - U.S.-Mexico Top State Flows for Merchandise Trade by Truck: 1999 | Bureau of Transportation Statistics. (n.d.). Map - U.S.-Mexico Top State Flows for Merchandise Trade by Truck: 1999 | Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from

Standard 12 Focus: Border Settlerments. Townshave rich histories to their names and it takes a lotfor them to start up. Half the cities near the border in Arizonawere once mining cities, like Douglas AZSource: About Our City | Douglas Arizona. (n.d.). About Our City | Douglas Arizona. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from

Standard 15 Focus: How physcial systems affect human syserms. Monsoons can cause floods and damages hundreds of homes and electrical powerplants.Source:Summer in the Southwest. (n.d.). Monsoon Safety Awareness. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from

Standard 13 Focus: Cooperation and conflict. Like the indians, Man doesn't own land, there was no such thing as buying land. I am pleasently happy that since the Colorado river runs through Mexico, that we have signed an agreement that they too can use and store this river and that multiple parties and people can share and utlize a resource that is technically suppose to be free all men.Source: Lovett, I. (2012, November 20). U.S. and Mexico Sign a Deal on Sharing the Colorado River. The New York Times. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from

Standard 14 Focus: Human modification on Enviornment. The city of Las Vegas has tripled in size since 1985, and landscapes are getting ruined because of more roads being built to access the city.Source:

Standard 16 Focus: Resource Geography. Most states have few electrical plants, less harm to enviornment, and its the most vital resources we need today in the modern world to thrive. Source:

Standard 18 Focus: Apply geography to present. This school has a diversity of students and has access to big parks, the ocean, and many community centers to help students learn more about their community and world.Source:

Standard 17 Focus:Apply geography to understand past. Arizona had lots of minerals and thus mining cities popped up and this flourished Arizona with towns.Source:Featured Exhibit: Historic Mining Towns. (n.d.). The Arizona Experience. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from

Geography of the BorderlandsBy: Jasmine Mihovilovic


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