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Saving the world, one map at a time.
Saving the world, one map at a time.

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The Seawall, because San Francisco plans ahead. If you live there, join them.
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Thank you, +John DeNardo
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"The project is a part of GLOBE Observer, a citizen science program that lets you contribute meaningful data to NASA and the science community. The GLOBE Observer app, introduced in 2016, includes a new “Land Cover: Adopt a Pixel” module that enables citizen scientists to photograph with their smartphones the landscape, identify the kinds of land cover they see (trees, grass, etc.), and then match their observations to satellite data. Users can also share their knowledge of the land and how it has changed.

“Adopt a Pixel” is designed to fill in details of the landscape that are too small for global land-mapping satellites to see.

“Even though land cover is familiar to everyone on the planet, the most detailed satellite-based maps of global land cover are still on the order of hundreds of meters per pixel. That means that a park in a city may be too small to show up on the global map,” says Peder Nelson, a land cover scientist at Oregon State University.

Holli Kohl, coordinator for the project says: “Citizen scientists will be contributing photographs focused on a 50-meter area in each direction, adding observations of an area up to about the size of a soccer field. This information is important because land cover is critical to many different processes on Earth and contributes to a community’s vulnerability to disasters like fire, floods or landslides.”

To kickstart the data collection, GLOBE Observer is challenging citizen scientists to map as much land as possible between Sept. 22, Public Lands Day, and Oct. 1, NASA’s 60th anniversary. The 10 citizen scientists who map the most land in this period will be recognized on social media and will receive a certificate of appreciation from GLOBE Observer."

Download the app and get started today. The earth is depending on you!
Want to be a citizen scientist, virtually adopting pixels of land across the globe? Now's your chance. Help us map as much land as possible between Sept. 22, Public Lands Day, and Oct. 1, the #NASA60th anniversary using the new feature from GLOBE Observer: https://go.nasa.gov/2Do7JVu
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Purple Haze

Thank you, +Geology Page
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The reconstruction of the tragic failure of the St. Francis Dam is one of the greatest feats of geologic sleuthing ever. Garry brings you the story.

TY +Garry Hayes
Very few people know the details of CA's second worst disaster (after the 1906 SF quake). It was caused by human incompetence. Now, after 90 years, the victims may get some recognition. Here are the details...
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Queen & David Bowie: Under Pressure

Two greats together make the perfect Saturday morning pick me up. Have a wonderful Saturday and a listen.
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The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round...

Thank you, +Wayne Radinsky
A Florida town, Babcock Ranch, will be first in the world to test autonomous school shuttles. The self-driving shuttle buses can transport up to 12 children at a time, will follow a predetermined path, will go 8 mph, and will have a safety assistant on board.
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Everyone is of course allowed to interpret my lyrics as he or she wants, it’s never been my policy to police my audience. But although “Democracy” deals with big subject, it is free of irony or skepticism. Democracy is the last great religion, the greatest of all because it accommodates other religions and cultures. If there is one place on earth where democracy has a chance then it’s America, where different races and cultures are condemned to each other, the political system may be in stalemate, it still has a democratic tradition of more than two hundred years – “the machinery of change and the spiritual thirst,” as I sing in ‘Democracy’. The United States is still the experimental field of democracy, the arena in which the significant confrontations are taking place: between the races, between classes and between the sexes. That makes life in America so uncomfortable and yet so inspiring. “Democracy” is a hymn that I wrote when the Berlin Wall fell. Everyone surrounding me was optimistic, but I had a premonition of the misery that awaited the post-communist world. To me it seemed naive to think that democracy would come to the Eastern bloc overnight.
~ Leonard Cohen

From ‘Gesprek met Leonard Cohen, de boeteprediker van de popmuziek; Het Oude Testament is mijn handboek’ [Talk with Leonard Cohen, the philosopher of pop music; the Old Testament is my guide] by Pieter Steinz, NRC: December 4, 1992.

Thank you, +Kristin Milton
Happy Saturday, plussers!
I thought we might need some more poetry today.
This is Neil Gaiman reading Leonard Cohen and it's beautiful and hopeful.
Hope it helps.
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This hand-drawn bird's-eye-view of Midtown Manhattan is amazing. You have to zoom in to view all the detail. "The original artwork drawn by Constantine Anderson was begun in 1961 and continuously updated by him until 1981. Since that time, Allon, Ryzinski and Martinez, architects, have rendered more than sixty buildings to update the map through January, 1985."

See more at David Rumsey: https://goo.gl/LH8eY1

Thank you, +Vivid Maps
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