Geography of The Borderline (GCU 113)

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Geography of The Borderline (GCU 113)

Geography of The Borderline

Standard 1 Focus: Map of the U.S. Mexico BorderlandsSource: 5 Focus: What is the region of the borderlands?The borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico should be considered a formal region, regardless of the fact that the borderline divides two different countries. Although politically the two regions are divided with a line and have no clear commonalties, looking closely at both sides of the border geographers have found cultural, economic, political, and cultural similarities.

Standard 2 Focus: My mental map is from my home to ASU west campus.

Standard 3 Focus: Interpreting geographic patterns.Source: map shows the percentages of Mexican born from the total foreign born. Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Idaho the percentage of Mexican born is more than 50%. Other states such as California, Nevada, and Utah are between 30% to 49% and the number decrease when going north. I though it was interesting why California was not the similar as Arizona or other states that share a border line with Mexico.

Standard 10: Cultural MosaicsAbove is a traditional dress worn at Fiestas de Mayo celebration in city of Nogales.Also, a popular drink that is sold in Nogales near the borderline; it’s made from cantaloupes with chili, salty and sweet taste.

Standard 9: Human Population on Earth's SurfaceThe map below shows major religions across the borderline of United States and Mexico. Catholics in pale pink shade dominate other religions in the borderline. Orange shade indicates Christians that take a small part in the borderline, and Yellow shade indicates Protestants near the borderline mostly in Texas.

Standard 11: Economic InterdependenceSource: above graph shows the importance of reform for energy production for the increasing demands in cities along the US-Mexico border.

Standard 12: Human SettlementSan Luis, ArizonaSource:

Standard 13: Cooperation and ConflictSource:

Standard 4: Physical and Human Characteristics of PlacesSource: The picture above shows how heavy populated one region compared to the other.

Standard 6 Focus: My own cultural perceptionsI use to think that only poor people cross the border. I didn't know that there are people living by the borderlines who have no running water and sewers. I am not sure, I know that they are poor, have very low economic status. Stereotypes that are related to people crossing the border include mostly smugglers and criminals. My understanding now is broader of the people who cross the border, and the people who live close to the borderline.

Standard 7: Physical ProcessesSource: Google EarthMcCauley Sinks

Standard 14 Focus: Human Modify The EnvironmentSource: pictures above shows city of Chandler Arizona and how dramatically the population increased, which in turn occupation of more landform that once was a vegetated green area, also called urban sprawl.

Standard 16 Focus: Resource GeographySource: Google EarthThe picture above shows human use of solar energy, an alternative form of energy from the sun.

Standard 17 Focus: Apply Geography to Interpret the pastSource: settlement began with mining.

Standard 18 Focus: Apply Geography to Plan for the FutureSource: is a picture of Manzanita Elementary School; it is a great school to work in with many different students from multiple ethnicities.


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