Something Old-Geography Style

Here’s an assignment I completed for my 2014 Geography class. Just-in-case you were in the mood for some information on North America’s geography.

Question One:
Which North American region has gone through the most profound change in the past half century?

The Southeast region is the North American region that has gone through the most profound change in the past half century (143-144).


In the 1960s the widespread use air conditioning, low-cost air fairs, and a large influx of Cuban immigrants all contributed to the nearly overnight changes that happened in Florida and other sunbelt states. Large companies built new headquarters and subsidiary offices in cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Tampa, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale. (144) Another element that lead to the growth of this region was federal money. Powerful legislators continue to funnel money into these states today with about $125 billion more going to western and southern states instead of the northern and midwestern states.1

Question Two:
Which areas comprise the Pacific Hinge?

The Pacific Hinge reaches from California’s border with Mexico north to Vancouver, British Columbia and inward to parts of Oregon and Washington State (145).

Why do we use the term “hinge”?

The term hinge is used to illustrate the connection between the Pacific Rim area of the North American region and the Asian-Pacific countries that make up the Pacific Rim (146).

Why is this hinge important to the U.S.?

The Pacific Hinge is important to the United States because the area is closer to the successful economies of Pacific Rim than any other regions of North America. Being close to these areas helps the U.S. take advantage of new business opportunities (146). It is also important because in any other realm it would be considered a core area (145).


Whenever you see just page numbers as a citation they are from this textbook: The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography (6th Edition) H.J. deBlij & Peter O. Muller