Interpreting the Evidence
Water Wagon Drawn by Three Mules, Mexico, 1928
Suggested Teaching Instructions
A water wagon drawn by three mules in a Mexican village, January 1928.
Mexico is often thought of as a hot, dry country. While it is true that much of Mexico lacks enough precipitation during at least part of the year, the climate in Mexico ranges from the extreme temperatures of the northern deserts to tropical rainforest in the south. Mexico also has a diverse landscape. While much of the population lives in the large central plateau, the country also has high mountains, volcanoes, and spectacular beaches, as well as desert and tropical rainforest.
How does geography influence culture and economy?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain the role of geography in the development of culture and economy.
Research ways humans have transported water throughout history. Create a poster or collage showing some of these methods.
Math: If a milk jug holds about one gallon, estimate how many gallons of water could fit into the barrel in the photograph. Convert your answer into liters.
Science: What force/s cause the water to come out of the barrel?
Science: How is irrigation used in Mexico?