Geography of the Borderlands

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Geography of the Borderlands

Geography of the Borderlands

By Bethany Wright

Standard 18Focus: Geography can help us in the present and in the future.Knowing the geography around an elementary school can help you know if you want to work in that area by seeing the surrounding places/community as wa whole.

Standard 14Focus: Humans alter the environment in so many different ways. Here we see how humans have built highways, factories, and cities, increasing urbanization as a whole.

Standard 11Focus: Mexico and the U.S. depend on each other economically. This picture portrays that as we see a fruit picker in Mexico working in the fields. Later these crops will be sold in the U.S. Source:

Standard 15Focus: Physcial systems affect humans just as depicted in this picture of a flood in Mexico. Source:

Standard 16Focus: Resource geography-The U.S. borderlands and Mexico share agricultural resources and benefit each other by doing so.

Standard 17Focus: A person can use geography to interpret the past. The map of AZ in 1895 displays all of the different counties and how they are split up based on the tribe that originated there. I think these different settlements came to be based on the size and power of the tribes and also when they got there. Coconino seems to be the biggest county, which makes me believe they must be one of the largest, if not the largest, tribe in AZ. Also they probably originated here first.Source:

Standard 4Focus: Borderlands have both human and physical characteristics as shown here with the beautiful mountains in Arizona and the urban side of a city in Mexico. Sources:

Standard 12Focus: Human settlementLa Cruses, New Mexico has established a very organized public transportation system for the people in that settled town.Source:

Standard 6Focus:My personal perception of borderlands based on my background and culture. My ancestors are from England and France, so I come from an Anglosaxon background. I was born and raised in Mesa, AZ and have many friends who are immigrants. One stereotype I used to have of this region is that most Mexicans who live here don't know English. However, that is not true. I'm realizing more and more immigrants are learning, and I know I can help them as well.

Standard 3Focus: interpreting geographic patternsSource: is a dense population of Mexican born people in the Southwestern states such as Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. And then we see also there is a lot in Idaho, maybe due to the farming land that is available there, creating more jobs for immigrants.

Standard 7Focus: Many different physical processes shape the borderlands and make them beautiful.This is a picture of the SP crater in Northern Arizona, which examplifies how this process makes this region unique.

Standard 1Focus: Map of U.S. Mexico BorderlandsSource:

Standard 10Focus: The rich culture in this region really spices things up. Mexican food is very common in this region and is tasty to anyone willing to try. Source:

Standard 2Focus: Mental map of trip to Quiktrip during my childhood years.

Standard 5Focus: Type of region of the borderlandsThe borderlands of the U. S. and Mexico are a formal region, because the area shares common characteristics. These characteristics include a common culture, language, physical geography traits, climate, and even vegetation. The region wouldn’t be considered functional, because it’s not focused on one specific point within the area, nor would it be perceptual because the opinions and feelings of the population differ greatly.

Standard 13Focus: Cooperation among the U.S. and Mexico borderlandsThe Merida Initiative to alleviate crime in both countries has brought Mexico and the U.S. closer and safer. Source:

Standard 8Focus: The ecoregions of the borderlands are intricate as we see here how watersheds are established equally and as fairly as possible in Nogales and Sonora. Source:

Standard 9Focus: Population GeographyThe population of Mexico has grown from 61,708,369 in 1975 to 125,235,587 in 2015. Source:


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