Geography of the Borderlands

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by MorganDiFelice
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Discipline:
Social Studies
Subject:
Geography
Grade:
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

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Geography of the Borderlands

Standard 1 Focus: The map above displays the main cities along the border of Mexico and the U.S.Source: U.S.-Mexican Border. (1997, June 15). Retrieved February 17, 2015, from http://www.businessweek.com/1997/19/b35263.htmandStandard 5 Focus: What is the region of the borderlandsThe region of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands would be a formal region. A formal region is defined as "a term used in geography to describe designated areas that have official boundaries such as counties, cities, states, and countries." Formal regions commonly share alike languages. The U.S.-Mexico borderlands are outlined by the official boundaries set in place by each country. The U.S. and Mexico borderlands also share common languages of English and Spanish as well as similar dry, and hot climates. Other examples of formal regions can be the Rocky Mountain region, Canada, and the Islamic world.

Standard 2 Focus: Mental map of a trip from Fountain Hills, AZ to Tempe, AZ. (drawn by Morgan DiFelice)

Standard 3 Focus: Interpreting geographic patterns. The geographical patterns shown on the map above are states that are highly populated with foreign born citizens are states that have a lot of agriculture and growth. This requires people to work them so immigrants from Mexico can easily acquire employment when they first get into the U.S. 3/4 states that are purple (50% or more of the population are foreign born) are directly on the border of Mexico. The cause of this simply being that these states are so close to Mexico or even on the U.S.-Mexico border.Source: Mexican Born as a Percentage of the Total Foreign-Born Population by State. (2006, January 1). Retrieved February 17, 2015, from http://www.migrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/source_charts/map2-spot-apr08.cfm

Standard 4 Focus: The borderlands include both human and physical characteristics. Human characteristics can be seen in the first picture with cultural statues on the Mexican side of the border. The physical characteristics can be seen in the second picture where the terrain along the borderlands is mountainous and sandy.Sources: Cooke, D., & Jenshel, L. (n.d.). U.S. - Mexico Border - Photo Gallery - National Geographic Magazine. Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/05/us-mexican-border/cook-jenshel-photographyWhat Are Borders? (1/2). (2013, October 8). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from https://pickmeuptonic.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/what-makes-frontiers-very-special-spaces/

Standard 6 Focus: My own cultural perceptions and background affect how I view a region like the borderlands. I have been to Mexico several times, especially as a young child, so I know what it looks like and the type of stressful environment it is. I do not own any stereotypes of those beyond the border. When learning about different cultures like the borderlands, I stay open minded because that is the only way to learn. I cannot carry any baggage along because that will just prohibit me from learning about other cultures and teaching those cultures to my students.

Standard 9 Focus: Human Population on Earth's Surface. The map to the right shows how languages affect the United States and Mexico along the border. The different colors of each country represent the two different majority languages spoken, English in the U.S. and Spanish in Mexico.Source: NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://mapmaker.education.nationalgeographic.com/?ar_a=1&b=1&ls=000000000000#/

Standard 10 Focus: Culture. The mix of cultures along the borderlands makes for a very interesting mix. The first image displays a traditional U.S. Thanksgiving holiday meal while the second image displays a Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, in which people dress in traditional holiday face paint and costumes.Sources: Thanksgiving Dinner. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://a.abcnews.com/images/Entertainment/gty_thanksgiving_meal_jp_111110_wg.jpgDia de los Muertos. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://misturaurbana.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Halloween-Mexico-Día-de-los-Muertos.jpg

Standard 11 Focus: Economic Interdependence. This image shows factory workers in Mexico. Even though placing U.S. factories in Mexico provides jobs for citizens, they are rarely well paid or in safe conditions. Even though moving companies to Mexico allows a cheaper manufacturing price, in the long run it can hurt the U.S. economy.Source: - CafeMom Mobile. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://m.cafemom.com/groups/read_topic.php?group_id=99198&topic_id=18798362

Standard 12 Focus: Border Settlement. Ajo, AZ was originally a mining town, as displayed in the image to the right, of a famous mining hole called the New Cornelia Mine. People originally settled in this town to mine and it grew from there. Source: The Center for Land Use Interpretation. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://clui.org/ludb/site/cornelia-tailings

Standard 13 Focus: Cooperation and Conflict. In 2013, the U.S. and Mexico signed off on the High Economic Level Dialogue to influence positive commerce and trade across the Mexico and U.S. border. This is just one of the many examples of cooperation along the border.Sources: U.S. Relations With Mexico. (2014, September 10). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35749.htmYour Source for Tips and Information on Doing Business in Mexico. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://business-mexico-online.com/us-mexico-to-establish-cabinet-level-high-level-economic-dialogue-to-promote-mutual-economic-growth/

Standard 14 Focus: Human Modifications of the Physical Environment. The image above displays the mining area near Cananea, Mexico. Label A shows some of the roads that were built by men. It is clear that these roads were built by men and are not a natural part of the physical geography of the area. This road was laid on ground that could have had trees, plants, and other natural benefits to the environment.Source: Google Maps. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://maps.google.com/

Standard 15 Focus: How Physical Systems Affect Human Systems. In Arizona during monsoon season, there can be several vehicle accidents as well as homes and buildings being ruined due to flooding.Source: Index of /callen/1202/Landscapes/Fluvial. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://clasfaculty.ucdenver.edu/callen/1202/Landscapes/Fluvial/

Standard 7 Focus: Physical Patterns. Above are pictures of the physical patterns on Earth's surface. The Colorado River is shown running through the Grand Canyon and the Sand Dunes are seen surrounding the borderlands. Source: Google Maps. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://maps.google.com/

Standard 8 Focus: Characteristics and Spatial Distribution of Ecosystems on Earth. The borderlands' ecosystem has various physical features such as the stream terrace displayed in the image to the right. Stream terraces lie right next to rivers like the Colorado River in the image.Source: Source: Google Maps. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://maps.google.com/

Standard 16 Focus: Resource Geography. Many resources can be found along the borderlands. One of the most abundant resources being used is the sun's energy which is harnessed through solar panels.Source: What does it take to become a Solar Community? (2012, October 31). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://transitiontownpayson.net/2012/10/31/what-does-it-take-to-become-a-solar-community/

Geography of the Borderlands by Morgan DiFelice

Standard 17 Focus: Using Geography to Interpret the Past. Mining was a huge part of settlements along the U.S.-Mexico border. There are many old mines that can be used as resources when researching to beginning of settlement along the border.Source: Tombstone, Arizona's Riches by James Harvey McClintock - Page 2. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://www.legendsofamerica.com/az-tombstonemines2.html

Standard 18 Focus: Using Geography to Interpret the Present and Plan for the Future. Having a search engine like google maps helps provide easy access to search for amenities nearby schools. This resource could be useful if you are considering moving to a different location. You could look at the town's layout, and what it has to offer.Source: Fountain Hills - McDowell Mtn: Home. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2015, from http://www.mcdowell.fountainhillsschools.org/


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