Evan's Guide to Geography
What is a boundary?
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: