Geography of the Borderlands

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Geography of the Borderlands

This map above shows all of the different ecosystems in Arizona.Source:

The borderland has several examples of physical and human characteristics. In these two pictures the photo on the left shows several roof tops and how closely all of these houses are to one another. This picture is a good example of Nogales's population and how crowded it is. While the photo on the left shows the different type of mountain landforms along the border. Sources:

This picture above is a screen shot of the Estrella Mountain Elementary School that I might be insterested in working at. This view allows me to look at the areas surroundings and see if this school is some where I'd want to teach.

This picture above is part of a map of Arizona that shows where all the rivers are and the agriculture spots, which is one of the reasons why people moved here.Source:

Even though the United States and Mexico cooperate in many different ways they also have a lot of conflicts. This map above shows these two countires trying to dispute a conflict and work together towards energy cooperation.Source:

This picture above shows the physical proccess of how a terrace is formed. When a wide floodplain exists. A stream that is cutting into its floodplain can be from more water from the uplift of the mountains, or even from lowering of sea level. Then, once the river settles into its new position, the river tends to widen out a new floodplain.

This picture about shows a factory in Mexico that produces clothes for America making their economic system dependent apon one another.Source:

This map shows Arizona's population based off of a census. In the bigger cities with bigger populations there is a larger variety of race than in a smaller city thats not as diverse.Source:

This is a photo of Yuma when people first statred to settle here.Source: (

There are several different types of culture found near the borderlands. In these two photos the food and language is being show. On the left shows delicious authentic Mexican food. While on the right this picture shows how the borderlands are a bilingual region and it has the word in both English and Spanish.Sources:

This is a picture of solar panels which are panels that absorb the suns heat and stores it, turning it into energy for us to use. We use this energy for all sorts of things in life. Its mainly used as electricity in a house hold or building.

This is a map of the U.S - Mexico borderlands.Source:

This is a map that was created off of goodle maps and drawn on with microsoft word to show a trip on how to cross the border from tucson.

There are several different ways a physicsl system can affect humans. In the picture above it shows a flash flood distroying a town. Source:

Humans can dirastically change an area. This photo above shows Las Vagas and the changes that have occured over time. Over the years Las Vegas has vastly grown and expanded out into the dessert. Due to this expansive growth Las Vagas now has more buildings and less vegatation then there use to be. You can also see in this picture the in put of a lake which is a closer water source for Las Vegas.

Standard 3: Analyzing Spatial Organizations

Geography of the BorderlandsBy: Kylie Wells

Standard 1:Maps and Other Geographic Representations

Standard 4: Physical and Human Characteristics of Places

Standard 7: Physical Processes


The borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico would have to be classified as a perceptual region. This area is a perceptual region because the borderlands is a very sterotyped area. A formal region is "a region delineated on the basis of one or more identifiable trait which sets it apart from other regions" while the borderlands do have traits that set it apart from other areas it also have several traits that are the same as surronding areas and there is not one overall trait that untimately sets it apart from the rest. While a functional region is defined as a region that is "organized around a node or focal point with the surrounding areas linked to that node by transportation systems, communication systems, or other economic association involving such activities as manufacturing and retail trading". The borderlands are obviously not classified under this region because there is not a focal point that is the center of transportation, communication, and economic association. So that leaves the perceptual region which is a region that is "an area that people believe exists as part of their cultural identity" a steriotype. Since the borderlands are often steriotyped by people this had to be the obvious region of the U.S - Mexico borderlands.

Standard 2: Mental Maps

Standard 6: Perceptions of Places and Regions

Standard 9:

Standard 5: Regional Geography

Standard 14: Human Modification of the Environment

Standard 16: Resource Geography

Standard 18: Apply Geography to Plan for the Future

Standard 11: Economic Interdependence

I was born in southern California and moved to Arizona when I was 12. My mom is from California and my dad is from Florida. While my ancestors are from Ireland and other places in the European area. For regions like the borderlands I usually base my opinion off of the news and how other people stereotype the region. However, as I learn more about the borders and what happens there I don't think I can give an accurate analysis of the people, places, and the environment of the borderlands because I have not experienced it for my self so I do not really now every aspect of life there I am just making a broad assumption.

Standard 10: Cultural Mosaics

Standard 15: How Physical Systems Affect Human Systems

Standard 12: Human Settlement

Standard 13: Cooperation and Conflict

There are a lot of deaths that have been reported near Tucson, Nogalas, Sasabe, PIma, and Naco areas while there arn't many by Yuma. This makes me think that near the Yuma area there must be more protection at the borders or more intimidating fences that makes people not want to try and cross there. While the areas with more deaths must seem like a more appealing and easier place to corss until you see this map which makes you re-think everything. These deaths also mainly happen around water stations, this must be because they get extremly thirsty from their long trek that they seek to find water to re-hyradte themselves but by doing so they get themselves caught or end up dying.

Standard 8: Ecosystems

Standard 17: Apply Geography to Interpret the past


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