Using the 18 Geography Standards

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Using the 18 Geography Standards

Standard 2 Focus: Organizing information in a spatial context using mental maps. A mental map from my house to my brother's (drawn by Ms. Garfio)

Standard 3 Focus: Analyzing organization on Earth's surface. States closer to the borderlands have a higher Mexican born as a percentage of all foreign born percentage than states further away.Source:

Standard 6 Focus: My own cultural perceptions and background.I sympathize with both Americans and Hispanics. I was born in Mexico and have been raised with Mexican traditions but I have the morals and mindset of an American since I have lived in Phoenix, AZ all of my life.

Standard 15 Focus: How physical systems affect human systems. Humans must learn to adapt to their surroundings in order to be able to remain where they want. Here we have a safety sign on the dangers of driving through floodwaters. Source:

Standard 17 Focus: Applying geography to interpret the past. Different landforms and what they have to offer help us to understand human migration patterns. Such as the case with the increase in population in southern Arizona when all of the mining opportunities the state had to offer were discovered. Source:

Standard 14 Focus: Human actions and the physical environment. The expansion of a single city in Arizona has dramatically decreased the number of agricultural fields in use, expanded the population immensley and taken that "quiet suburb" feeling away from the people who were there first. Source:

Standard 13 Focus: The effect human cooperation and conflict have on Earth. President Obama and former President Calderon met several times to discuss initiatives that would make energy use in both the U.S. and Mexico more efficient. Source:

Standard 4 Focus: Physical and human characteristics of places. The Parroquia de la purisima consepcion is a historical site and the hill tops a beautiful landform, different than what we see here in the valley. Sources: and

Standard 16 Focus: Ever changing resources. An Air-Force base in Nevada attempts to help ease off of non-renewable energy resources by switching to more effecient methods like through the use of solar panels in vast, empty fields. Source:

Standard 11 Focus: Economic interdependence on Earth. The type of transportation mode most often used for trading commerce between the U.S. and Mexico depends on the environment of the surrounding areas. Source:

Standard 18 Focus:Applying geography to interpret the present and plan for the future. A school in western Phoenix is surrounded by crucial resources, such as a library, within walking distance of the school. Other resources accomodate for the multicultural backgrounds of the students as well. Source:

Standard 1 Focus: Using maps to understand and communicate information. Map of the cities along the U.S.-Mexico BorderlandsSource:

Standard 5 Focus: Human Creation of regions. The U.S.-Mexico borderlands are a formal region seeing as both Mexico and the United States share human and physical properties. These properties include the language, religion, nationality, political identity, culture, climate, landform and vegetation.

Standard 10 Focus: Earth's cultural mosaics.The Day of the Dead and enchiladas, two ideas that originated in Mexico have traveled north of the border and become household names in the U.S. Sources: and

Standard 9 Focus: Human populations on Earth. The general pattern is that the number of humans around the border is scarce, but the populations increase as you get further away from the borderlands. Source:

Standard 12 Focus: Human settlement. The variety in architectural styles in Nogales, AZ signifies the unision of people with different backgrounds. Source:

Standard 7 Focus: Physical processes that shape Earth's surface. Processes such as erosion, vulcanism, continental drift and slight variations in the earths orbit all had a play in the formation of Arizona's most famous landmark, the Grand Canyon. Source:

Using the 18 Geography Standards

Standard 8 Focus: Ecosystems and biomes on Earth.The U.S.-Mexico borderlands are majorily part of the Chihuahuan Desert. It encompasses one of the most biologically diverse arid regions on Earth. Source:


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