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Wetlands matter; they're Louisiana’s first line of defense against hurricanes, but they're being lost at an alarming rate. You can help from anywhere in the world by participating in the online Land Loss Lookout Project, developed by Cartoscope in partnership with Healthy Gulf and Northeastern University. It's easy and anyone can do it: identify types of wetland loss in the Gulf of Mexico and label where such loss is occurring by categorizing color infrared aerial photographs. Starting on August 1, you can participate in Land Loss Lookout as part of Miss Louisiana Earth's and SciStarter's special challenge, with new data focused on climate impacts and wetlands. To participate: 1. Go to and make a SciStarter account. 2. Click on the Land Loss Lookout icon. 3. Follow the instructions to go to and begin participating in Land Loss Lookout. 4. After you finish a session, the project will prompt you to fill out a brief survey, inform you about how many contributions you made and direct you to SciStarter to get credit for those contributions. The link to SciStarter will appear at the top of the Land Loss Lookout website after you finish the brief survey. Whoever makes the most contributions during the two-week period will get a shoutout on the Miss Louisiana Earth and SciStarter social media accounts! Let's make an impact with this citizen science project. Start participating on August 1 via Do you want to be a #beautyforacause? Apply to #MissEarthUSA today. You could be the next Miss Louisiana Earth!