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Back to School: Sharpen Your Geography Knowledge #30DaysofGOOD

Where on Earth are you? Spend some time with these tools and become more familiar with the world we live in.

30 Days of GOOD (#30DaysofGOOD) is our monthly attempt to live better. This month we're going "Back to School" and committing to learn something new every day.

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This Class of Geography Students Found Bin Laden's Hideout Long Before the CIA Ecosystem Geographers Predict Bin Laden's Hideout

A UCLA professor and his class predicted there was an 80 percent chance that Bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad.

Two years ago, a class of UCLA undergrads pretty accurately predicted the the location where Osama Bin Laden was hiding out. The students, working under UCLA geography professors Thomas Gillespie and John Agnew, used geographical theories and GIS software to home in on the world's most wanted fugitive.

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Slideshow: The Beautiful and Impactful Aerial Imagery of Grassroots Mapping

The DIY cartography movement of grassroots mapping not only creates stunning imagery, but collects important data that can make a real difference.

Want to learn more about grassroots mapping? Read this post about the burgeoning movement and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science.

All images have been dedicated to the Public Domain, or used with permission by the photographers/cartographers.

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Creek Speak: Google Mapping True Stories of Life Near an Environmental Disaster

A new tool for spreading oral histories of New Yorkers living near one of the country's most secretly polluted places.

If you like oral histories, neat new uses of geographic tools, and care at all about environmental justice, then you'll probably love this new Creek Speak: Voices from Newtown Creek project as much as I do. Created as a collaboration between the Newtown Creek Alliance and HabitatMap, Creek Speak is fascinating way to learn about the troubles plaguing the neighborhoods around one of the newest Superfund sites.

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