January 21st, 2015
This class was spent mostly talking about the different types of borders and spaces and the differences between them all.
· Formal: has to be mapped out (delimited), visible on the land (demarcated), and written in some formal document (defined)
· Functional: must include 2 of these characteristics, but not all 3.
o A: Descriptive (Based on the features or system of boundary establishment or formation)
§ 1. Physiographic (Geomorphic)- use of any physical geography feature in the description, delimitation, or demarcation of a boundary which follows physical geography features.
§ 2. Anthropogeographic – use of any human or cultural geography feature in the description, delimitation, or demarcation of a boundary which follows human or cultural geography features, such as ethnicity, language, religion, political ideology, or race.
§ Geometric- a boundary that follows latitude, longitude or other strict survey , or the use of latitude, longitude or other strict survey lines in the description, delimitation, or demarcation of a boundary.
o B: Genetic (Based on the time of boundary establishment or formation)
§ Antecedent (Pioneer)- boundaries defined, delimited, or demarcated before significant human settlement or an area, that is, before the main elements of the present-day human landscape is developed.
§ Subsequent: boundaries defined delimited, or demarcated after significant human settlement of an area, that is, after the main elements of the present-day human landscape developed, and closely following or conforming to that human landscape.
§ Superimposed: boundaries, defined delimited or demarcated after significant human population of an area, that it, after the main elements of the present day human landscape developed, but not following or conforming to that human landscape.
§ Relic: Lines that were once defined, limited, and demarcated political boundaries, but have been abolished or replaced and no longer exist.
The differences and similarities between these borders made them highly confusing to navigate and they were definitely more of an intensive thing to study. In terms of reflection for this class, we didn’t really discuss anything controversial or opinionated. Everything we learned was factual and there wasn’t much to react to for this class.