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U.S./Mexico Borderland

Geography of the U.S./Mexico borderlands

By: Julie Sanchez

Standard 1: Below is a map of the U.S./Mexico borderlandsSource: Borderlands Activist Wins National Outdoor Book Award - The Planet. (2013, November 25).Retrieved http://sierraclub.typepad.com/planet/2013/11/borderlands-activist-wins-national-outdoor-book-award.html

Standard 3: This map shows that most bordering states have a higher % of Mexican born individuals compared to the states that are located a bit farther from the borderlines. Reading this map one can see that Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Idaho have more than 50% of Mexican born undocumented/ documented immigrants. The Northeast states show that they have less than 15% Mexican born individuals. The percentages shown on this map were from 2006 however, the percentages in each state are most likely higher since this map is 8 years old. Source: Mexican Born as a Percentage of the Total Foreign-Born Population by State, 2006. (n.d.). Retrieved October 10, 2014, from http://www.migrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/source_charts/map2-spot-apr08.cfm

Standard 2: The map above shows the a mental map that I constructed. It is a map of a trip that I occasionally take with my family from San Diego, CA to Tijuana, MX.

Standard 4: The U.S./Mexico borderland includes both physical and human characteristics such as those living in a bad bordertown homes or the mountains located in Palominas, which is on the borderland. Sources: Mexican Born as a Percentage of the Total Foreign-Born Population by State, 2006. (n.d.). Retrieved October 10, 2014, from http://www.migrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/source_charts/map2-spot-apr08.cfm

Standard 6: My own cultural perceptions and background affect how I view a region like the borderlands. I grew up in a Hispanic family so I do have some family members that live along the borderlands of California and Mexico and have personally seen how their population lives. I feel as though borderland residents have a much more strict environment due to the fact that they are stationed along a national border. It has become a lot more populated throughout the years, resulting in extremely long lines to cross the border.

Standard 5: The borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico would be considered a formal region. Looking at the definition of a functional region, I can easily eliminate that choice as well as a perceptual region. This leaves us with the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico being a formal region, which is a region characterized by a common human property. Neighboring individuals, regardless of their hometown, have many similarities. Examples of common human properties that form the borderlands of U.S. and Mexico may have are their knowledge in the Spanish language, similar climate, etc. If one were to sit down and complete more research, I am almost positive that they will find many more common properties that make the borderland a formal region.Source: National Geography Standard 5. (n.d.). Retrieved October 14, 2014, from http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/standards/national-geography-standards/05/?ar_a=1

Standard 7: There are many different physical processes that make the U.S./Mexico borderlands a beautiful place to look at. To the left are two oblique images that I captured of the famous Arizona landforms called SP Crater and the Navajo Mountain.

Standard 9: This map shows the major religions that exist on and close to the U.S. and Mexico borderlands. The majority of the population is made up of Roman Catholics. Roman Catholics on the southern parts populate all four bordering states. You can also see that the farther you go from the borderland, the dominating religions begin to change to Protestants, Christians, and etc.Source: NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive. (n.d.). Retrieved October 30, 2014, from http://mapmaker.education.nationalgeographic.com/?ar_a=1'b=1'ls=000000000000#/

Standard 10: The diversed cultures along the U.S./Mexico borderland make the environment a better place to live in. If you are one that enjoys trying new things then having mexican style food and visiting the beautiful churches in Mexicali would be a great adventure.Sources: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mexicali-taco-truck-new-haven ' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Diocese_of_Mexicali

Standard 11: The picture above shows migrant workers, which are an example of economic interdependance between the U.S. and Mexico. Migrant workers come to the United States to work for American land owners and farmers in order to have a more consistant income and an overall better lifestyle.Source: Gov. Jan Brewer: Migrant Workers Are Just In It For The Money. (n.d.). Retrieved October 27, 2014, from http://www.freewoodpost.com/2012/03/01/gov-jan-brewer-migrant-workers-are-just-in-it-for-the-money/

Standard 12: People settle where they feel as though they will have resources that will help them live. Bisbee, AZ is an example of a settlement that formed because of the mining.Source: Bisbee Today. (n.d.). Retrieved October 29, 2014, from http://www.discoverbisbee.com/about_today.htm

Standard 13: Many say that Mexican and American officers now believe that cooperating will decrease "bloody Mexican drug trafficking and immigrant smuggling organizations".Source: Preston, J. (2010, March 25). Officers on Border Team Up to Quell Violence. Retrieved October 28, 2014, from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/26/world/americas/26border.html?_r=1'

Standard 14: The aerial photos above show the before and after in pictures taken of Chandler, AZ. Within 26 years, humans dramatically changed the environment. Overall, Chandler became more populated.Source: Images from space track relentless spread of humanity. (n.d.). Retrieved October 29, 2014, from http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/world/road-to-rio/satellite-photos-urban-sprawl/index.html

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Standard 15: The physical environment can dramatically affect immigrants attempting to cross the border. This map shows the recorded amount of deaths that have occurred within a 13 year period. Source: Monthly Archives: August 2013. (n.d.). Retrieved October 29, 2014, from http://dabrownstein.wordpress.com/2013/08/

Standard 17: Geographic maps can help understand the changes that have occurred over the years. This map shows the areas with available minerals. Since Arizona had various minerals, many began to migrate westward.Source: http://www.azgs.az.gov/images/Minerals/mineralmap.jpg

Standard 18: There are many resources that allow one to further research areas around a specific location. This is a Litchfield school that is surrounded by plenty different community features for children of all ages. Source: Litchfield Elementary School - Google Maps. (n.d.). Retrieved October 28, 2014, from https://www.google.com/maps/place/Litchfield Elementary School/@33.4924979,-112.356068,314m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x872b4741fbaf41fd:0xc389fc1f1f31707c

Standard 16: This map above shows areas with the vital resources that is needed to survive, water.Source: VertigO - la revue électronique en sciences de l'environnement. (n.d.). Retrieved October 28, 2014, from http://vertigo.revues.org/1883

Standard 8: Though it may be a bit difficult to read, the map above displays the ecoregions that cross the U.S./Mexico Borderlands.



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