Geography of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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Geography of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Standard 1 Focus: Map of the U.S.-Mexico borderlandAPA citation:Transboundary water resource issues on the US-Mexico border. (n.d.). Retrieved February 25, 2015, from 5 Focus: What is the region of the borderlands? The U.S.-Mexico borderland is a formal region. I say this with confidence because of a source that I found defining a formal region, “Formal regions are frequently used to outline governmental, physical, cultural and economic areas.” It was mostly the governmental part that made me realize this is a formal region. But I also think this is a physical area, as well. I am not sure if it is really a cultural or economical area. There are several reasons why I know that the U.S.-Mexico borderland is a formal region and will continue to be a formal region. The border is obviously something the governments of both countries set up. They did this in order to distinguish between who owns what piece of land. In doing this, they created an entire region. In this region there are certain types of people who have inhabited certain areas. This is because of what is physically there, the Rio Grande, for example. There are also two points on the border where it meets the ocean, which can be a useful resource for people to live off of, as well.Citations:Clough, L. (2013). Region. Retrieved from Geography Standard 5. (n.d.). Retrieved March 4, 2015, from (n.d.). Retrieved March 4, 2015, from

Standard 2 Focus: Mental map of ASUWest campus.

Standard 3 Focus: Interpreting geographic patterns.The further from the Arizona-Mexico border, the less migrant deaths there are. There are almost no migrant deaths near the California-Arizona-Mexico border and none east of that border until you go just south of Maricopa County. The deaths are very dense in the middle part of the state along the Mexican border. There doesn’t seem to be any direction of the deaths. The deaths are not evenly distributed at all. They occur in large clusters along the border and spread out more the further north you go.APA Citation: Maurice Sherif Blog. (n.d.). Retrieved February 25, 2015, from

Geography of theU.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Standard 4 Focus: I thought that it was interesting that one town could exist in two countries. Even though there is a fence that divides it, it is still one city that exists in that one area.Source:

Standard 6 Focus: I think that my own cultural perceptions and background wouldn't really affect how I look at places like the borderlands. This is because I was raised not to judge other people or places until I get to know them or experience the area. (My hair looks red in this picture but it's actually blonde, just so you know.)

Standard 7 Focus: The Colorado River runs through the borderlands in between the California and Arizona border. This physical feature brings beauty and resources to the people living in this area.Source: Google Earth

Standard 8 Focus: This ecoregion shows the many different types of landscapes that can be found near the borderlands.Source:

Standard 9 Focus: Geographic population patterns.The patterns of this map is that there is a more dense population near the larger cities. The population elsewhere is somewhat scattered. There is a decent amount of people along the border on the Mexican side. There is also a greater number of people that live along the roads and highways.

Standard 10 Focus: There is a great cultural experience when you go to the borderlands. The traditional clothing and food of Mexico can be found all over the place, whether or not you are actually on the Mexican side.Sources:

Standard 11 Focus: The U.S. and Mexico have the leading production facilities in North America. Most of them are in the U.S., but the ones in Mexico are spread out across the country. But the ones in the U.S. are mostly in the Midwest or the East coast.Source:

Standard 12 Focus: I found that each street, except for Naco Highway, West Newell St., and West Dominguies St., all have a beginning and an ending. The streets are very short and there are a few that don't even have names (these may just be private driveways that are long enough to see on a map).Source:

Standard 13 Focus: Conflict or Cooperation? This article talks about the cooperation between U.S. and Mexican officials to try to keep the border safe. This quote from the article especially stood out to me, "Representatives from both countries hope that a safer border will be a more dynamic one that allows for mutually beneficial growth in trade and tourism."Source:

Standard 14 Focus: This picture shows how much people can change a landscape by simply building an airport, a highway/freeway, and farmlands.Source: Google Earth

Standard 15 Focus: This shows the area along the border that is affected by monsoons. In these areas, the streets flood, people have a hard time getting where they need to be, and even get in crashes. These types of storms make this area a very dangerous place to be.

Standard 16 Focus: Probably the most prevalent natural resource one can find in the desert is the sun, as shown by these solar panels.Source: Google Earth

Standard 17 Focus: These are all the places where people found the geographic perspective to start mining for gold, silver, copper, etc.Source:

Standard 18 Focus: This school has several nearby bus stops, its own bus system, and parent drop-off areas. There are also many homes nearby that are bound to have children who live there, so those kids could walk to school. Because of these things, children don't have an excuse to miss class and parents don't have to necessarily take their kids to school all the time if they have work early in the morning.


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