Friday, 14 October 2016

Difference between Beverly Hills and Watts

Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Santa Monica
Wealth in Beverly Hills.
Less than 7% live below the poverty line.
Poverty in Watts.
One-third of all households live below the poverty line and live near slum-like conditions.
Quality of life
Most of the residents are very wealthy, having a good quality of life.
Most of the residents are poor, having a low quality of life.
Managerial jobs
53 % of the residents are working in managerial jobs.
9 % of the residents are working in managerial jobs.
10 % of the residents are working in unskilled jobs.
47 % of the residents are graduates.
3.1 % of the residents are graduates.
Ethnic groups
Predominantly European residents
69% of the residents are Hispanics from Mexico of Central America and 24% are African-American.
Unemployment rate is low.
Many people are out of work.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Integration, assimilation and segregation


Immigrants take an active part in the society, they got to school, get a job and speak the language. Integration does not mean you have to give up your culture.


Assimilation means that immigrants must adapt as much as possible and encouraged to adapt the national culture. Assimilation is the process whereby a minority group increasingly adapts to the customs and attitudes of the prevailing culture and customs.


The word segregation means separation. 

Segregation happens in two ways:

1 - spatial segregation: groups have their own area to live in. Examples; rich/poor, ethnic neighbourhoods (Little Italy, Chinatown).

2 - social segregation: groups live separately from each other. Examples; groups have their own schools, own sports clubs. The groups have little or no contact with each other.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Windward and leeward side of a mountain

The windward side of a mountain faces the wind while the leeward side faces away from the prevailing wind. The climate on different sides of the mountain can vary greatly. 

The windward side of a mountain

The leeward side of a mountain



The windward side of a mountain faces the prevailing wind (the Dutch word is loef).

As air passes across the windward side of the mountain, most of the moisture is drawn out of it. This is because the air cools as it rises up the slope of the mountain and condenses, leading to clouds and rain.

The leeward side faces away from the prevailing wind (the Dutch word is lij).

On the leeward side of the mountain, the climate is warmer and drier; as the air moves down the opposite side of the mountain, it loses its moisture and warms up.

Scientists call this the rain shadow effect.



Thursday, 8 September 2016

The United States–Mexico Border

The United States–Mexico border is the international border between the United States and Mexico.

It runs from California (in the west) to Texas (in the east). It covers a variety of terrains, ranging from major urban areas to inhospitable deserts.

The United States–Mexico border has the highest number of legal crossings of any land border in the world. Over five million cars and trucks travel through the border annually. According to Vulliamy, one in five Mexican nationals will visit or work in the United States at one point in their lifetime. As of 2010, the border is guarded by more than twenty thousand Border Patrol agents, more than at any time in its history. However, they only have "effective control" of less than 1,100 km of the 3,145 km of total border, with an ability to actually prevent or stop illegal entries along 208 km of that border. The border is paralleled by United States Border Patrol Interior Checkpoints on major roads generally between 65 and 120 km from the U.S. side of the border, and garitas generally within 50 km of the border on the Mexican side.

Drug trafficking tunnel under the U.S.-Mexico border used by the Sinaloa Cartel
There are an estimated half a million illegal entries into the United States each year. Border Patrol activity is concentrated around big border cities such as San Diego and El Paso which do have extensive border fencing.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

US - population density

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

US - topographic relief

Friday, 5 August 2016