Geography of The Borderlands

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Geography of The Borderlands

Geography Standards For Teachers: Geography of the Borderlands

Standard 1: US/Mexico Borderlands Map: Link to image siteI went online to google images and looked up US/ Mexico border maps. From here I was directed to many maps. I liked this one because it highlighted where the border is and the cities and towns around the border. Standard 2: Mental Maps: Map of Jalisco, MX- Yuma, ArizonaA mental map is knowing where a location is by creating a map in your mind. For example: knowing where your next class is.

Standard 3: You interpret a map: http://www.mauricesherif.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Border-Death-Map.jpgFrom the map, I can see there are more deaths around the same area which is the Pima area. Surprisingly there are rescue beacons in that area where there are more deaths. I would think the areas with rescue beacons will have less deaths. There are less and less deaths the further north you go. I think there are more deaths in the Pima area because of the Indian Reservation and Humane Borders cannot put water stations there for immigrants. More people are crossing in this area due to less enforcement there.

Standard 6: Your own cultural perceptions and background affects how I view a region like the borderlands. Coming from a Mexican background, my family has very personal views when it comes the border and borderlands. We know people who have crossed the border and have family who have crossed maybe 25 years ago.

Standard 9: You make a map of population geography. I chose a map of the entire state so i could compare all the regions in Arizona.I noticed that around the Maricopa area and metroplitan area are more highly populated than northern Arizona and some borderland areas.

Standard 7: The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface. Here is a snip of Sheep Mountain located south of Fortuna Foothills. Mountains are created from the tectonic plates

Standard 4: Characteristics of Places: There are both human and physical chracteristics in the borderlands.The desert would be a physical characteristic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonoran_DesertA human characteristic is homes built in the borderland area: http://cronkite.asu.edu/buffett/canada/borderland.html

Standard 8: Regions of borderlandsIn this graph/map, you can see that in the borderland region recieves tons of solar energy and it can be one of the heaviest solar powered areas in Arizona and maybe the U.S.

Standard 5: What type of a region is the U.S./Mexico borderlands? The borderlands are a formal region. It is a formal region because it has cities, counties and states as well as it being clealry known where the borderlands are located on a map. If you look up a map of the borderlands, most of the images that will show up are of the same area like this one. http://longgame.org/2010/08/politicalcultural-borders-and-borderlands/It is not a functional region because it is not given us the lcal bus routes or all the Mcdonald's locations in Arizona. It is not perceptual because the borderlands has a formal region which perceptual regions do not have.

Standard 12: Processes, Patterns, and Functions of Human Settlements. These two images are from abandoned settlements in Arizona. The below right image is from and abandoned settlement in southern Arizona that was left due to a drought. The school house is from an abandoned European settlement around the Grand Canyon area.

STANDARD 10: CULTURE: CHARACTERISTICS, DISTRIBUTION AND COMPLEXITY OF EARTH'S CULTURAL MOSAICS. Above is a picture of young girls dancing in traditional clothing like some still do in Mexico. being close to Mexico, Arizona has both a rich culture of Mexican traditions. Link to image. Arizona also has a rich culture of different Native American tribes like the one below.

Standard 13: Cooperation and Conflict. In the image below, it is shown that Obama and Mexico's president are talking to try and get a closer realtion between the two countries so that they can work together against the Mexican Cartel and other problems.

Standard 11: Economic Interdependence. This image shows that Mexico and the US depend on each other, perhpas more on one than the other. Some items avaible to US settlers have been made in Mexico and most items from the US is sold in Mexico to their people. This article explains more about the interdependance betwen the US and Mexico.

Standard 14: Human Modifictaion of the Environment In the image to the right, factories are built all over the country. This one is in Arizona. These factories can sometimes cause pollution that hurts the environment.

Standard 15: How physical systems affect human systems. One classic example of this is Monsoon season in Arizona like shown in the image to the right.

Standard 16: Resource Geography: This standard focuses on the resources we have and which ones are renewable and which ones are not. Below is a picture of soil, something that people make to be able to fertilize and grow food and resources for the growing population.

Standard 18: Apply geography to your future. This empty lot in South Tucson will soon be getting a new commercial facelift. In the future I will be able to see this new building on Google Earth.

Standard 17: Geography helps understand the past. In this image, below it shows Tempe in 1905 looking down on the city from Tempe Butte. You can see that there is very little compared to todays Tempe.


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