Glog Geography of Borderlands

by kristam20
Last updated 5 years ago

Social Studies

Toggle fullscreen Print glog
Glog Geography of Borderlands

Geography of Border Lands

Standard 5: Regional Geography

Standard 4: Physical and Human Characteristics of U.S. - Mexico Borderlands




Standard 3: Interpreting a MapAPA citation: Migration Policry Institution. (n.d.). Migration Information Source. Retrieved February 18, 2013, from Http:// noticed that the main states that border Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, had 50% or higher in Mexican born rates. As we move away from the Border States, the percentages go down framatically. As I move farther away from the Border States, especially towards the East Coast, Mexican birth percentages are less than 15% and this is due to the states being so far from the border. This map was pretty interesting and put how many Mexican births there are in the U.S. into perspective.


Plants and Animals


I believe that the Borderlands of U.S. and Mexico are a formal region. The National Geography Standard states that the region shars "a language, religion, nationality, political identity or culture". During my research, I found that The Day of the Dead is celebrated along the border in both the U.S. and Mexico. This would be a shared tradition. Language is also shared between the borderlands, the language of Spanish. Furthur into my research I found that religion is shared among Mexicans. They follow the Roman Catholic Curch. Along the border, you can find Roman Catholic Curches. There are many attributes that are shared among the borderlands that Hispanics/Mexicans have brought with them.

Standard 6: Perceptions of Places and RegionsMy Culture relating to my view on the borderlands

I am a proud Caucasion American. My prior knowledge of the U.S. - Mexico Border came from broadcasts on television. I used to always think that the border was a safe place to be. Until recenlty, with the increase reports of drug cartels and Mexicans that are crossing illegally. I do have my stereotypes of people that live on the border. I believe they speak mostly Spanish, with some English. Not all of the poeple that live n the border are bad. I have always thought that the poeple that cross into U.S. from Mexico were illegally tying to steal jobs from us hard working Americans. I realize that not all People crossing the border are doing this. This is however a common stereotype.

Standard 7: Physical Processes

Superstition Mountains are the remaints of a cauldera. Long ago, v olcano stood were the Superstition Mountains are now, after the cap completely blew off, it left a giant whole in the ground. Surrounding this giant whole was mountains, the side of the volcano that we call the Superstition Mountains today.

Pictured here is Sunset Crater found in Flagstaff. It is a beautiful sight. Millions of years ago this was the sight of a volcano. This volcano erupted, sending its ash everywhere. What is left of the volcano is Sunset Crater, which is now a great attraction for all to see. I have been there and it was breath taking.

Standard 8:EcosystemHere in Arizona along the border, our ecosystem is Desert.

Standard 9: Population Geography

Standard 14: Human Modification of the Environment.

This map depicts Santa Cruz, showing how race and immigration and speaking Spanish only correlats. I noticed that Santa Cruz has the most Hispanic Spanish speakers. As I moved towards Phoenix, I did notice that Spanish only was a common theme, more than at the border. That did suprise me a bit. I alos noticed that ages 18-64 were the highest to be Spanish only speakers.

Standard 10: Cultural Mosacis

Religion is shown on the Mexico side of the border. These crosses, to the left, represent the people that tried to cross and lost their lives. To the right, this picture is depicting a crude joke that only people of white skin can come into America. These are some differences and similiarites along the border. Both sides have stereotypes about the other, as well as both sides share religious views.

Standard 11: Economic Interdependence

This map illustrates the auto world and how Mexico and the United States are interdependent on each other. As you can see in the map, there is a line that starts in Mexico and goes through Texas up towards Mighigan. This shows the assembly plants and supplier plants that both Mexico and United States use together.

Standard 12: Border Settlements

This is a picture of the official website of Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Here you can see activities going on, dining options and anything else that is going on in Tecate.

U.S. and Mexican government are working together to make border crossings less busy. They want them to flow better and have travelers less frustrated when going through because there will be less wait times. This has to be done with both sides since border crossings go both ways.

This picture is the proof that humans can change the beauty of natural landscape. Here we see mountains that now have roads and buildings at their base. And a water plant just beyond that.

Standard 15: Environment Affect on Humans

Flooding is just one way the environement attacts back. Flooding causes ephemerial washes to overflow and flood neighborhoods. Arizona has the Studpid Mostorist Law due to flooding, because motorist try and drive through emphemerial washes thinking they can make it through and they just end up getting stuck. Another example of the environment affecting humans would be sink holes. These can be caused when water erodes the earth from underground. Once this happens, the soil above the underground hole just collapses and leaves a very large hole. Some times sink holes can even swollow up buildings.

Standard 17: Apply Geograpy to Interpret the Past

Standard 18: Apply Geography to your Future

This picture here shows us how Phoenix looked back in 1885. We can see that it was mostly farm lands with houses built in the middle. Compared to today, where there is no farm land and buildings every where in Phoenix. It is interesting to see how migrants lived in the past and picked whree to live. THey were able to grow plenty of crops because they had the resources. Today we can get them shipped in from other places around the world.

I chose to look at the Chandler Unified School District, specifically Haley Elementary School. As I looked around this wonderful elementary school, I noticed that it is located in a rural area. There are a lot of farm lands around. The only attractions around are at Hamilton High School and Tumbleweed Park a few miles away. The good thing about Haley being located in a rural area is the fact that there is still development that is going to happen in the future. New home builders are looking in this area to build, which will bring in a younger population. In turn, more children will be brought to Haley and the surrounding schools.

Standard 16: ResourcesThis screenshot depicts the use of solar energy. There are flat panals, like the ones on Apache parking structure and lot 59 at ASU. There is another type of panal more raised than the first that is across the way. Seperating the two panales is a train. Edited by Krista McDowell By Krista McDowell

Standard 13: Cooperation and Conflict

Standard 2: Hand Drawn Mental Map drawn by Krista McDowell

Standard 1: Map of the U.S. - Mexico BorderAPA citation: U.S. - Mexico Border Environmental Health Inititave - Static Map ibrary. (n.d.). U.S. - Mexico Environment Health Initive. retrieved February 18, 2013, from

From Discover USA Edited by Krista McDowell

APA citation:Litho., rnes (W.). "Bird's eye view of Phoenix, Maricopa Co., Arizona. Sketched by C. J. Dyer. W. Byrnes litho. Schmidt, Label & Litho. Co.." American Memory from the Library of Congress - Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.



    There are no comments for this Glog.