Claim Your Land: Adopt the Earth from NASA

Posted on 10 Apr 2017


I just adopted some land in California. Try it HERE and see what area you get. 64,000 locations are available. After you adopt, check out the data to find out more. For example, you may see the amounts of carbon monoxide in your area.

The Carbon Monoxide layer indicates the amount of carbon monoxide (CO) from Earth’s surface to the top of the atmosphere measured in parts per billion by volume. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, odorless and colorless gas produced by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass burning, such as forest fires. It is a strong greenhouse gas and one of the longest-lived naturally occurring atmospheric carbon compounds. 


How do you view a location such as “38.16N, 122.88W” on another map? If you have Apple or Google Maps, you can just type your coordinates like “38.16N, 122.88W” into the search bar. My adopted location is about an hour away.  It looks like it might be a great place to visit.

Here’s the story:

This year to celebrate Earth Day NASA is putting the planet up for adoption.
NASA added a new feature before Earth Day 2017, which will occur on April 22, that allows users to virtually adopt a plot of land. There are 64,000 pieces of land each averaging about 55 miles wide that are up for “adoption.” NASA says once those 64,000 are adopted, they’ll start over and begin giving the same plots out again.
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The goal is to give users the same resources researchers user to learn more about the conditions on the Earth worldwide. Users can either be assigned a random location or they can choose certain areas on the map like their hometown or a place they’d like the visit to learn more about it.
By going to NASA’s Earth adoption site, you can type in your name and you’ll be assigned a piece of land. You’ll see an aerial view of that spot on the Earth accompanied by data layers for that location. Those data layers can represent a variety of climate variables like sea ice, carbon monoxide, relative humidity and more.


Great idea. If the earth was your adopted child, wouldn’t you take better care of it? Wouldn’t you protect it if it was in danger?

Here’s a true strange fact: Specific neuropsychological mechanisms are linked with the potential loss of possessions. If you feel something is yours, you will not want to let it go.

… The research, published by Cell Press in the June 12 issue of the journal Neuron, has important implications for both neuroscience and economics and may even explain why you are reluctant to sell your iPod.
People tend to prefer the items they own when compared to similar items that they do not own. This phenomenon, known as the “endowment effect,” violates rational choice theory which states that ownership should not influence preferences.

 “While the endowment effect occurs regularly and robustly in both laboratory and natural settings, the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying this effect remain unclear,” says study author Dr. Brian Knutson from Stanford University.


It might be more powerful to put your name on huge regions, or the whole blue marble.

Hey, you people stop fighting on and polluting my land. Get along and keep it clean or I’m afraid you’ll have to get off of my planet.

Could the endowment effect motivate people to care enough to wake up and work together to reverse the 6th great extinction?

Stranger things have happened.

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