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AUGUST 2008 NEWSLETTER
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It's summertime—and it's hot out there—so August's newsletter is all about cool geo-entertainment. We present Geography delivered through some of the most influential technology. Hopefully, you're already watching the Summer Olympics: the world's greatest merging of geography and sports. Check out our funny YouTube geography-themed videos (seriously, you want to see the one with the skater) and MWW's Facebook page (ask your friends to “fan” geography). For the hardy among you, try your hand at the new outdoor family pastime, EarthCaching. Stay cool, people!

Christopher Shearer, My Wonderful World Director
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In Your Facebook
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Photo:My Wonderful World (MWW) is excited to announce our move into social media with our very own Facebook page. Friends of My Wonderful World on Facebook have become a "fan" of our page, rallying our mission both on- and off-line. Not a fan yet? As a fan you can upload favorite pictures and videos of YOUR wonderful world, post topics YOU think are important to discuss, and catch up with MWW as we hit fairs, conferences, and events this summer and fall. Become a fan today and show all your friends, family, co-workers, and long-lost acquaintances in the Facebook community that you support My Wonderful World!
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View Your Wonderful World
Photo: sidebarWant to watch some thrilling, silly, intriguing, and yes, informative videos about your wonderful world? Check out the My Wonderful World Channel on YouTube. Our number of videos and number of subscribers are on the climb, so tune in today!

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Get Your Own "We Are Not Alone" MWW T-shirt
Photo: sidebarNow you can show your support for My Wonderful World in style! Get your "We Are Not Alone" t-shirt. It's black, it's machine washable, and it's the coolest geography t-shirt of the summer.
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Google Maps Street View
Photo: sidebarMany of you use Google Maps to find your way from here to there, but have you tried out the Street View function? You can zoom into street level to get a 360-degree view of the spot of your choice and take a virtual walk through neighborhoods. The imagery is not available in every city yet, but the word on the street is that Google Maps has teams working across the country to photograph what's happening in a town near you.
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E-waste
Photo: sidebarTechnological innovation provides many things: faster communication, access to information, and…trash? Electronic waste (known to many as e-waste) comprises only around two percent of America's trash found in landfills, but it accounts for nearly 70 percent of overall toxic waste. Learn more.

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Photo:EarthCaching
What better way to learn about the planet than to get out there and explore it with EarthCaching! "Earth what-ing?" you ask. EarthCaching is a clue-driven hunt for natural treasures using a hand-held global positioning system (GPS) to help you locate a place. The Geological Society of America's EarthCache website links to more than 3,500 listings of sites that contain natural phenomena or local wonders. To get started, visit the EarthCache site and enter your country, state, and type of feature you want to explore (river, waterfall, fossil, and so on). Sign up to receive coordinates for the feature's location, and information on the area and the item. Pretty cool, right? So grab your family and friends and explore an EarthCache in your local environment!
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Photo:Geo-Olympics!
Are you watching the Beijing Olympics? It's the perfect teachable geo-moment with more than two weeks of the most anticipated, most famous, most media-covered merging of world geography and sports. Hopefully, your family is deep in the 2008 Summer Olympics already, with a globe, atlas, or world map at hand to identify Beijing, its latitude, longitude, distance from home, as well as the home countries of athletes at the starting line. Check out this parents' guide to watching the Olympics with your kids for ways to get them into the sports, the history, and the significance of this epic event. Also, visualize the world map according to Olympic medals with this New York Times interactive map. Click on the time line of different Olympic years and watch how the map morphs to reflect the changing medal count.
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Where's Matt?
Have you heard about Matt—the dancing, world-traveling video sensation? Matt has taken his signature moves to every continent on Earth, documenting his contagious boogie, the local geography, and the people he meets along the way. We here at My Wonderful World love it and want to hear what you think about it. Check out our blog post about Matt and let us know why you do—or don't—think this light-footed journeyer deserves his immense popularity.
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