Geography Culminating Project

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Geography Culminating Project

Standard 12: Bordetowns of the US/Mexico border share several traits that make them united as well defined. One initiative that the bordertown of Sierra Vista is working on is expressing the importance of proper water use.Standard 13: One great situation in which Mexico and the United States cooperated together was in Sept. 2012 when 129 prisoners escaped a Mexican prison. The jail itself was very close to the border of Texas, so Mexican authorities asked for the Border Patrol officers to keep an eye out. Following the incident, Sec. of State Hilary Clinton met with the Mexican foreign minister to resolve the issue together instead of on their own.

Geography Culminating Project

Standard 1: Map of the borderlands showing roads and highways connecting Mexico and the United States. This shows the ports of entry and routes of transportation between the two countries. It is interesting to note that some large roadways in one country does not always transfer to the other. Source: Maps of Net. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Standard 2: Mental map of a way for an immigrant to travel from Mexico to the United States. This map shown has an immigrant swimming through the Amistad Resevoir in Texas to reach the U.S.. Source: Drawn by Christina Muller

Standard 3: Intepreting geographic patterns along the borderlands. This map very clearly shows the areas of the most deaths (red dots) are localized around the very South of Arizona. This is due to the large amount of entry points and everlasting desert landscape. Source: Stonecipher, R., & Willen, S. (2011, August 26). Call it a Crisis: Confronting public health risks on the US-Mexico border. Retrieved from (2012, October 14)

Standard 4: Human and physical characteristics of the borderlands. As seen in the above photos, the land is arid and unforgiving, and the sole mean of travel available to many people is via mass transit. Sources: (and)

Standard 5: The borderlands of Mexico and the United States is a formal region; people surrouning the area share the same language, culture, religion, and general history with each other. This group of people is strongly united with the same beliefs and structure.

Standard 6: My own personal perception and baggage tied to these standards is from my general lack of cultural diversity within myself. My family and I do not participate in any religion, celebrate any traditions of our culture, or speak any language other than English. Because of this, I do not feel that I fully understand the depth and complexity of the closely knit community that is the borderlands.

Standard 15 & 16: Water is by far the most important element and resource we Arizonan's could posess. It could be a destruive force that wipes out entire neighborhoods (St.15), or could be used as a source of life. Mexico and the United States have to share the limited use of water in several areas along the borderlands (St.16).

Standard 7: The beauty of the borderlands is commonly understood as a desolite deserty wasteland. After simply exploring the area on Google Earth, I learned this was anything but true. I saw snow capped mountains and deep majestic volcanic craters. If you don't believe me about the "desert" not having snow, take a trip down below the New Mexico & Arizona borders in Mexico!

Standard 8: The ecoregions of the borderlands are primarily Chihuahuan Desert (red), and Sonoran Desert (tan). Of couse, there are small tidbits of other ecoregions throughout the area, but these are the most recognizable in maps and in person. Source:

Standard 9: The density of Latinos/Hispanics around the borderlands is very dense, as seen in the depth of color in the map to the left.

Standard 10: Tacos, which are a staple of the typical Mexican meal, are one of the most well known cultural aspects of this region. English or Spanish, say "taco" and you're in for a treat!

Standard 11: The United States and Mexico are economically dependent on eachother for various reasons, one being for the use and distribution of gas and other oil resources.

Standard 14: Las Vegas, NV. If I didn't say where this was, would you have known what the image as of? Human development has drastically altered the land all over the world, one in particular being the Nevada desert. Las Vegas may be one of the most popular cities, but it didn't used to be. This was 35 years ago. At this rate, what do you think it'll look like in 2045!

Standards 17 & 18: Understanding our past is critical to understanding our future. Without acknowledging where we've been, we simply can not move forward. The town of Fountain Hills rests at the basin of several lakes and rivers, giving it a large supply of wildlife. They harness that with frequent community trips and other nature-friendly adventures such as hikes in the nearby McDowell Mtn. park. This could be a great field trip location to teach the students about the history and important of the past in the area.



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