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Gibraltar Bay

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"Gibraltar Bay, located near the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, is the central feature of this astronaut photograph. The famous Rock of Gibraltar that forms the northeastern border of the bay is formed of Jurassic-era seafloor sediments that solidified into limestone, a rock formed mostly of the mineral calcite, which is found in the shells of sea creatures. The limestone was subsequently lifted above the ocean surface when the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 5, 2017 3:58 PM

Gibraltar is an exclave of the UK on a peninsula connected to the Spanish mainland that controls access to the Mediterranean Sea; there is naturally going to be friction over this unusual political configuration. "La Linea" marked on the image is the international border

 

Questions to Ponder: Why are both Spain and the UK invested in this piece of territory?  What challenges are there for a small exclave when neighbors aren't friendly?  How does Spanish and British supranational connections impact this issue?

 

Tags: borders, political, Spain, Europe.

Zavier Lineberger's curator insight, March 9, 1:37 PM
(Europe) Gibraltar Bay is an important economic and political region located on the very southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The UK owns city of Gibraltar while the surrounding area is in Spain. The Strait of Gibraltar is a passage separating Spain in Europe and Morocco in Africa, allowing transport between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The area has tactical value because of the inflow of ships and its geographic position, but also houses oil processing and tourism industries.
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Political Geography: Borders

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The American-Canadian border, famously said to run straight across the 49th parallel for hundreds of miles, is neither straight nor along the 49th parallel.

 

This is a good historical way to discuss the stages of border creation, especially demarcation and delimitation.  The history of where to place a border, as the border itself, is not so straight forward.   


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Clay Bass's curator insight, April 18, 2017 1:06 PM
This relates to Political Geography in AP Human Geography because it discusses a geometric border between the U.S. and Canada. In my opinion, I find it pretty cool how the border between the U.S. and Canada looks like a straight line separating the two countries on a map.
Madison Roth's curator insight, April 21, 2017 12:20 PM
This relates to my human geography class because it talks about a geometric border.The specific border it is speaks of is the United States and Canadian boundary. I think this is odd because it looks straight and is said to run across the 49th parallel when in actuality its not straight or running across the line.