Evan's Guide to Geography

What is a boundary?

A line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line.

Types of Boundaries

Definitional: legal language of the boundary agreement.

Locational: the delimitation and possibly demarcation of the boundary.

Operational: focus on neighbors who differ over the way their border should function.

Allocational: Boundaries (especially on the sea floor) while in search of resources.

Antecedent- a political boundary that existed before the cultural landscape emerged and stayed in a place while people moved in to occupy the surrounding.

Irredentism- the doctrine that irredentism should be controlled by the country to which they are ethnically or historically related.

Superimposed- a boundary that is imposed on the cultural landscape which ignores pre-existing cultural patterns (typically a colonial boundary).

Relic- a boundary no longer in use but still affects present day boundaries (Berlin Wall, East & West Germany).

Examples of Boundaries

Relic- The border between East and West Germany because it shows how different the two countries were before the Berlin Wall was broken.

Irredentism- The Duran Line because it is a formal Irredentism between Pakistan and the Afghans.

Superimposed- North and South Korean Border.

Antecedent- Himalayan Mountains between China and India, Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France.

Allocational- Iraq Kuwaiti.

Operational- The US after 9/11 attacks

Locational- between the states that have the Louisiana River as a boundary; Ganges River, Rio Grande in the U.S.

Definitional- Argentinian and Chile over the Andes Mountains; India And Pakistan over Kashmir.

How are boundary lines established?

There are 4 steps to establishing boundary lines:

- Define

- Delimit

- Demarcate

- Administrate