Geography of the Borderlands

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Geography of the Borderlands

Standard 1: Using Geographic InformationSource: Languages of the American Continent, 2: Ordering Knowledge into Mental MapsMap of a trip from San Pedro, California to Tijuana, Mexico through the Pacific ocean (created by Brianna T). Standard 3: Analyzing Information SpatiallyThe map reviews the populations of counties in terms of racial groups represented in percentages based on a census from 2005-2009. The overall populations increase as you travel north from Santa Cruz County, through Pima County, ending with Maricopa County. The Hispanic population in Santa Cruz County is 80%, the highest in all Arizona counties. The assumption could be made that the majority of Arizona’s Hispanic community comes from Mexico and tends to stay closer to the border.Source: Standard 4: Places have physical and human featuresThe areas along the border have both urban characteristics (“He Saw You” art piece) as well as political and population features represented by the coffins displaying number of border related deaths per year. Source (coffins): (eyes):

Standard 13: Cooperation and ConflictOne example of the cooperation between the United States and Mexico is their joined efforts to combat human trafficking and drug running (symbolized in the Trade Violence image). Source: 14: Humans Modifying the EnvironmentThe aerial image below shows human modifications to the environment in the form of farmland division, highways and canal water distribution. Source: image found via Google Maps and annotated by Brianna TStandard 15: Physical Systems Affecting HumansFlash floods are common in the borderlands, especially during monsoon season. This image shows the affects a flood can have on a community. Standard 16: Use and Distribution of Natural ResourcesThe annotated picture below shows a vast area covered with solar panels; solar panels allow people to use a natural resource (sunlight) and distribute it for human use (power cities and loca buildings). Source: image found via Google Maps and annotated by Brianna TStandard 17: Interpreting the PastThe many forts displayed in the map below led me to believe that many of the settlements in Arizona could have come about because of the battle being fought in that area. Men traveled to those areas to fight, women to care for the posts and perform other tasks (cooking, nursing, etc.). Standard 18: Interpreting the Present and Planning for the FutureI interpreted the area surrounding Carol Rae Ranch Elementary school (the coyotes) and found an increase in housing developments over the last few years. From a home-owners perspective, this is great because it will make it easy to find an affordable home close to the potential teaching job.Source: picture source

Standard 5: Regions Interpret the Earth's ComplexityThe U.S. Mexico Border can be any of the three region types. It is a formal region based on the unifying climates, a functional region because of trade routes, and a perceptual region based on the opinions and feelings of locals.Standard 6: People's Perceptions of Places and RegionsI’ve been raised in true Southern fashion – surrounded by boots, blue jeans, trucks and duct tape. I like to think that I give everyone a fair chance, without letting stereotypes dictate my analysis of people. But, I understand that those ideas of illegal immigration and other issues are always in the back of my find when we discuss the U.S./Mexico borderlands. Standard 7: Physical Processes Shape the EarthThis view of slide-rock and cliff faces in the Sedona area display just two of the various forms that are produced by the physical processes that shape and change the Earth’s surface. Source: image found via Google MapsStandard 8: Spatial DistributionThis area, near Sedona Arizona is a great example of a stream terrace, with high areas of land bordering each side of a lower areas usually holds water.Standard 9: Distribution and Migration of HumansThe map from the 2010 Arizona Census showed the population to be most condensed near the Phoenix area.Source: Standard 10: Earth's Cultural MosaicsPart of the cultural mosaic of the borderlands includes traditional Mexican food and religious beliefs including those that follow the Virgin Guadalupe. Source: both images found via Google Image searchesStandard 11: Economic InterdependenceThis picture shows U.S./Mexico interdependence in the form of immigrant farm workers picking strawberries. Source: 12: Human SettlementColumbus was originally established as a very small 'village' when the Santa Fe Railroad opened a station 3 miles south of the town's current location.Source:




Geography of the U.S./Mexico Borderlandsby Brianna Thigpin


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