A Geography Lesson About Unusual Borders

Belgian Farmer By chance Strikes French Border is a enjoyable little story and geography lesson in a single. It is nearly precisely what the title says. A farmer moved a stone that was in his method when plowing a discipline. It simply occurred that the stone he moved is a marker for the border between two small cities in Belgium and France. The border itself isn’t in dispute and the border is a comparatively regular one between two pleasant neighbors. Nonetheless, studying the story jogged my memory of a few movies that I’ve bookmarked about irregular nation borders. 

International locations Inside International locations (Weird Borders, Half 1) was produced by CGP Gray seven years in the past for example the place among the landlocked nations of the world are and the way they turned landlocked. The video additionally highlights nations which have just one neighbor. 

Canada & America (Weird Borders, Half 2) explains why border between america and Canada may appear to be a protracted straight line in lots of locations, however isn’t a straight line. The video additionally delves into some border quirks and disputes. The Google Earth file utilized in video is accessible to obtain right here on CGP Gray’s web site.

Tom Scott has additionally produced a few attention-grabbing movies about attention-grabbing borders between nations. In The Most Advanced Borders in Europe: Why Do We Have Nations? he explains the difficult border between Baarle-Nassau within the Netherlands and Baarle-Hertog in Belgium. 

In The US-Canada Border Splits This Street Down the Center he visits the border between Stanstead, Quebec, Canada and Derby Line, Vermont, United States the place the border actually does cut up a highway or, relying upon who you ask, the highway splits the border. Within the video he explains what you’ll be able to and might’t do on the highway in addition to how border enforcement has elevated within the final couple of many years. (Talking as somebody who has lived comparatively near the US-Canada border for all of my grownup life and has crossed the border numerous instances, border crossings at present are way more regulated at present than they have been the primary time I crossed within the late 90’s).

Functions for Training

The article I discussed above together with the movies might make for a great beginning place to introduce classes on worldwide boundaries, border enforcement, and negotiations between nations. I would most likely put the movies about US-Canada borders into EDpuzzle so as to add comprehension inquiries to the movies for my college students to reply whereas they watch the movies. Here is an summary of tips on how to use EDpuzzle.

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