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Geography of the BorderlandsBy: Brandy Hoffner

Standard 1: How to use maps and other geographicrepresentations, geospatial technologies, and spatialthinking to understand and communicate informationSource: Border Legislative Conference. (n.d.). Border Legislative Conference. Retrieved July 21, 2014, from http://www.borderlegislators.org/home_eng.htm

Standard 2: How to use mental maps to organizeinformation about people, places, and environmentsin a spatial context Mental Map: High School walk homeSource: Drawn by Brandy

Standard 3: How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surfaceIn 2012, California, New York, and New Jersey's populations were each made up of at least 20% immigrants. A lot of people believe that most of our immigrants come from Mexico and reside in the border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas; however, this map helps to show that this is a common misconception. In fact, Nevada, Texas, Hawaii, Florida, Massachusetts, and Maryland all have higher foreign-born populations than Arizona and New Mexico as well.Source: Congressional Budget Office. (2013). A Description of the Immigrant Population-2013 Update. Retrieved July 23, 2014, from http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44134

Standard 4: The physical and humancharacteristics of places

Standard 5: That people create regionsto interpret Earth's complexity I would say that the U.S. & Mexican borderlands region is formal. There is a common language, nationality, and culture. There are also common physical properties like climate, vegetation, wildlife, and landforms. As the United States – Mexico camber of commerce states, the separated “twin cities” that span across the border are essentially single communities as they share social and environmental interests; common high-altitude desert landscape and drought-resistant plants and animals; and rivers run across the border and specific major deserts lie on both sides of the border (U.S.-Mexico Camber of Commerce, 1997).Source: (1997, April). Border Issues. United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved from http://www.usmcoc.org/b-nafta13.php.

Standard 6: How culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions Prior to my teaching courses, I never really had any experiences with the borderlands. I've recently been to Rocky Point and the only thing I really noticed was how poor and unsanitary it was so that's the perception I have of the borderlands now.Source: Self

Standard 7: The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surfaceAntelope Canyon & The Grand Canyon.Source (both): Google EarthBoth shaped by water as the layers uplifted.

Standard 8: The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems and biomes on Earth's surface(Ecosystems in borderlands)Source: http://www.bookdrum.com/images/books/43397_m.jpg

Standard 9: The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surfaceMexico generally has a higher population than the United States, except in big American cities.Source: http://www.nationalgeographic.com (Map Maker)

Standard 10: The characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaicsSources: http://www.moustachemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/6582672_f520.jpghttp://rlv.zcache.com/guadalupe_mexican_virgin_mary_catholic_miracle_postcard-r5f85a9ebb2d84dfd987e640155e1a505_vgbaq_8byvr_512.jpg

Standard 11: The patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surfaceU.S. and Mexico agricultural trade (import and export) is continuing to rise.Source: http://www.grains.org/sites/default/files/styles/colorbox-maxwidth-800/public/news/images/US-Mexico%20Trade.png?itok=wgCv2rkJ

Standard 12: The processes, patterns, and functions of human settlementThe entire city has these mandatory water use restrictions that all residents and visitors need to follow due to the drought they are in. (Cities and towns have common water resources.)Source: http://www.world-guides.com/images/san_diego/san_diego_map.jpg

Standard 13: How the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surfaceThe Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program works together to address public health and environmental problems along the border. They are working to bring drinking and wastewater services to underserved communities. To me, this is one of the biggest things we take for granted. This program is doing great things!Source: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/wastewater/mexican/

Standard 14: How human actions modify the physical environmentThis image shows a lot of human impact. (1) Construction of highways and roads. This disrupts plant and animal wildlife. (2) golfing range. Golfing ranges take a ton of water to maintain! Furthermore, they take up a lot of land (and therefore, disrupted homes for natural plant and animal wildlife). They also need a lot of fertilizers and pesticides. (3) Homes - As the city/town continues to grow, the number of houses will continue spread across the land, further disrupting it.Source: Google Earth

Standard 15: How physical systems affect human systemsFlash FloodingSource: http://www.cnn.com/video/us/2010/05/04/savidge.nashville.flooding.cnn.640x360.jpg

Standard 16: The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resourcesTolmachoff Farms1) They are using the land for agiculture. They produce pumpkins, corn, tomatoes, watermelon, okra, bell peppers and much more.2) They use water from the local canals to irrigate the land.3) They use the land to store their equipment and tools used for planting and collecting the crops.Source: Google Earth

Standard 17: How to apply geography to interpret the pastMormons began to settle in Arizona for agricultural reasons in 1921 because they had the Gila River as a resource.Source: http://alliance.la.asu.edu/socialstudies/US_AZ/geography/graphics/McClintock_AgSettlement_1.jpg

Standard 18: How to apply geography to interpretthe present and plan for the futureFreedom Elementary School has many community and recreational features nearby. Source: Google Earth

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