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Geography Standards

Geography Standards

Standard One: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information.This is a photo of an art installation along the Mexi-Cali border entitled Dai de Muertos.APA: (n.d.).Dia de Muertos. Mexicali BC Mexico.URL:

Standard Two: How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments.This is an aerial view mental map of the area around my grandparents’ farm in northern Iowa (Valen Farm).APA: Daum, C. (2013, July). Mental Map of Farm. Tempe.

Standard Three: How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface.The maps above detail the approximate racial and ethnic populations of a particular section of Tempe, Arizona very close to ASU campus. Overall, the area has a large white population but is also heavily Hispanic; the area has a high population density, and I believe consists mostly of apartments. APA: Bloch, M., Carter, S., & McLean, A. (n.d.). Mapping America: Every City, Every Block. New York Times. Google. Retrieved 7 21, 2013, from

Standard Four: The physical and human characteristics of places.The borderlands between Mexico and the US contain both physical and human characteristics, such as the Sonoran Desert and the border fence.URL:

Standard Five: That people create regions to interpret Earth’s complexity.The borderlands can be classified by all three types of regions formal, functional, and perceptual. It is formal because of the country border, functional due to economic trade over the border, and perceptual due to the conflict of opinion on immigration.APA: Glenday, C. (Ed.). (2008). Guinness World Records 2009. Retrieved from Google Books. Larson, E. (2010). Standard 1-6. Tempe, Arizona. Retrieved July 24, 2013URL:

Standard Six: How culture and experience influence people’s perception of places and regions.I am from Chicago, raised in Arizona, and I have worked a lot on my grandparents' farm in Iowa. Each place is very distinct, and they have all left cultural impressions. Chicago has made me friendly towards many people, while also making me "street" cautious. Arizona has ingrained certain sub-culture aspects, such as food preferences (spicy!), local musician groups, and outdoor activities. Iowa has taught me work ethic, honesty, and what manual labor feels like.

Standard Seven: The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface.Here are two wonderful landforms located in Arizona, the Grand Wash Cliffs and the Wave. By my best guess, both locations were made due to water erosion over the rock.URL:

Standard Eight: The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth’s surface.The ecoregions that cross the Mexico-US border are: Chaparral Forest and Shrub, Costal Range Open Woodland, Great Plains Steppe, Chihuahuan Semi-Desert, and Southwest Plateau and Plains.APA: Ecoregions of the United States. (n.d.). Retrieved from United States Department of Agriculture.URL:

Standard Nine: The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth’s surface.This map juxtaposes high poverty areas with the number of people with no high school diploma; it seems as though these two factors are related, as the high-concentration areas coincide with one another.URL:

Standard Ten: The characteristics, distributions, and complexity of Earth’s mosaics.There are many religious practices in the borderlands regions of the US, but one of my favorites is that practice of making a private shrine at home that is prevalent in some Hispanic communities.URL:

Standard Eleven: The patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth’s surface.This is a pie chart mapping the various types of foodstuffs the US imports from Mexico.URL:

Standard Twelve: The process, patterns, and functions of human settlement.In Sierra Vista, Arizona, the city is dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship of their surrounding lands. One way they implement this is by requiring low-flow water fixtures in buildings.URL:

Standard Thirteen: How forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division of control of Earth’s surface.Cooperation among US and Mexican government is shown in this article, detailing the outcome of Secretary Napolitano’s meeting with the Mexican Secretary of the Interior Chong.APA: Office, D. o. (2013, July 23). Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Trip to Mexico and Texas. Retrieved from Department of Homeland Security.URL:

Standard Fourteen: How human actions modify the physical environment.The photo is of the Cananea mine in Mexico, the number 1 signifies the mine, and the number 2 labels the leachate. reservoir.URL:

Standard Fifteen: How physical systems affect human systems.In Arizona, the monsoon storms bring much needed rain, but also cause dangerous flash floods like the one shown in this photo.APA: Service, N. W. (n.d.). Monsoon Safety. Arizona.URL:

Standard Sixteen: The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.Arizona has one abundant renewable resource for energy: solar energy. The photo shown is the solar panels near Nellis Air Force Base in Arizona.URL:

Standard Seventeen: How to apply geography to interpret the past. Geography can be a useful tool for interpreting the past. This map shows old mining towns and the railroads that connected them to the rest of the world.APA: McNally, R. (1925). Rand McNally Official 1925 Auto Trails Maps Arizona New Mexico. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved from David Rumsey Map CollectionURL:

Standard Eighteen: To apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.This school, Carol Rae Ranch Elementary, is located in a nice community with a number of local parks, riparian centers, and national forest facilities nearby. By using geography, I can plan for my future with a school as an educator.URL:


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