Bizarre Borders – Fun Geography and History Lessons

Take a look at the border between the United States and Canada west of the Great Lakes and it looks like a long straight line to the Pacific ocean. But zoom in on it in Google Earth or walk a section of it as I have, and you’ll see that it isn’t as straight as it appears on paper. In the video embedded below CGP Grey explains why the border is not straight and how some of the other quirks of the border came to be.

The video above is the second installment of CGP Grey’s series on bizarre borders. In the first installment he explains other bizarre borders around the world.

Applications for Education

These videos could be the basis of a flipped lesson in a middle school or high school geography class. These five tools make it easy to create flipped lessons with YouTube videos.


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