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Geography of the Borderlands and BeyondBy Melissa Larsen

Standard 6: My Background Affects My Views of People GroupsGrowing up as a white caucasian girl in Arizona, I heard many opinions on illegal immigration. Having a Hispanic best friend and living miles from the border also affects how I view the borderlands.

Standard 1: Using Maps to Convey Information This map relays who owns the land along the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico.

Standard 2: Drawing Mental Maps This is a mental map from my house to ASU. (Drawn by Melissa Larsen)

Standard 10: Understanding Earth's CulturesThe borderlands hold many cultural traditions, such as the Day of the Dead and Quinceanera.

Standard 3: Analyzing Spatial Organization This map shows three main and deadly routes illegal immigrants use to enter the United States. Rescue beacons appear to be working better in Yuma than in Pima County.

Standard 11: Economic Interdependence Between RegionsMexico and the United States share an intricate system of railroads, encouraging international trade.

Standard 5: Types of RegionsWith a defined area, a shared water resource, and a perceived stereotype, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands is a formal (is an official boundary), functional (has shared utilities), and perceptive (sterotyped) region.,+AZ/@32.0996397,-113.5171212,3525m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x80d66287214dadd9:0xcfa93a07f59e4258,+AZ/@32.1915031,-113.814541,1761m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x80d66287214dadd9:0xcfa93a07f59e4258

Standard 8: Ecosystem and Biome DistributionThis map shows six different ecosystems along the borderlands including the Sonoran Desert and the Southern Texas Plains.

Standard 12: Patterns of Human SettlementDouglas, Arizona was built to be a smelter site for the prospering city of Bisbee in 1901. Mining prosperity brought many settlers to Arizona.

Standard 13: Forces of Conflict and CooperationThe High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Council is a cooperative effort between the United States and Mexico to provide quality products to their countries.

Standard 7: Physical Features of GeographyThese satellite photos from Google Maps show two features in the borderlands near Yuma, Arizona. Left: Ephemeral Washes-rivers that only run when it rains. Right: An old volcanic crater.

Standard 15: Environmental Effects on HumansThe borderlands see many deaths from heatstroke and dehydration due to the desert climate as people try to cross the border illegally.

Standard 17: Geography Can Help Us Understand the PastThis map shows the military posts and battles in Arizona during the Indian Wars.

Standard 9: Population DistributionThis map displays the distribution of religions in the borderlands; it is predominantly Roman Catholic (pink).

Standard 14: Human Alteration of the EnvironmentThe 2011 map of Chandler, Arizona shows the urban sprawl in the area and the vast change the city has brought to the desert landscape.

Standard 16: ResourcesThe Air Force Base in Las Vegas, New Mexico uses solar energy in the sunny environment, one of the desert's resources.

Standard 18: Geography Helps Us Plan for the FutureBasha Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona is surrounded by art centers, lakes, and parks: many great resources for a school.

Standard 4: Physical and Human Characteristics The borderlands have both physical (mountains/hills) and human (roads/transportation) characteristics.°15'30.4%22N+115°03'10.9%22W/@36.2584444,-115.0530278,6711m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0,-111.857604,870m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x872b0075f0e2fc37:0x12d8caece2c48806


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