Authors: Christiana Saldana*, California State University - Long Beach
Topics: Geography Education, Geographic Thought, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Geographic Education, Geographic Perspective, Community Based Research, Desert Communities
Session Type: Poster
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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As a discipline and perspective, geography can effectively reframe the way citizens and municipalities perceive their surroundings. Despite a seemingly formalized geographic perspective within operations of local, federal and tribal governments, there is a lack of formalized influence promoting the proliferation of intuitive geographic thought amongst citizens. In a rapidly transforming world, there is now a pronounced need for geography to transcend the classroom. Needles, CA, Bullhead City, AZ and Laughlin, NV are adjacent cities to be used as a case study exploring the current perceptions of what geography means to the community and the role (if any) it plays in how decisions are made. Located within the Mojave Desert region of the western United States, these cities are a microcosm of advantages that go unseen and challenges effecting daily life. Varying laws across state and tribal lines, tourist-based economies and fragile desert ecosystems serve as examples thereof. In the wake of inevitable change and regional growth in this mysterious mirage of communities alongside the captivating Colorado River, can a geographic perspective help create positive change?