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Images: Visualizing Data
Available on this site is a host of images, maps, and animations derived from bathymetric and topographic data. Static images and maps include those of estimated seafloor topography from satellite altimetry, total sediment thickness of the ocean floor, Great Lakes bathymetry, world crustal ages, and coastal relief. Of particular note is an interactive surface map of the Earth, which is composed of enlargable two-minute color relief images. The more basic animations portray global relief, estimated seafloor topography, and world crustal ages on rotating globes. Also provided are animated tours depicting dives into the Mariana Trench and the Puerto Rico Trench, a portrayal of a flight through the hypothetically drained Great Lakes, and another that is user-controlled showing the bathymetry of Monterey Bay. Various posters and slides of the above topics are available, as are additional images on a linked FTP site.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
    • Structural geology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
QuickTime plug-in
The resources on this site are provided in various compression formats, including jpg, GIF, mpeg, and mov. Provided the user has Quicktime version 3.0 or higher and the Quicktime Authorship plug-in, all of the formats should be accomodated; both are freeware and downloadable from the site
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The Images offered here are .GIF, .JPG, or .MPEG images produced in the National Geophysical Data Center's (NGDC) Marine Geology & Geophysics Division (MGG), or from MGG data in cooperation with scientists from other organizations. These images are in the public domain, with the exception of images in outside publications to which we provide links. If you use them, please credit NOAA/NGDC for the image and the underlying data sources/funding institutions of data from which the images were derived.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-002
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Carla J. Moore
NOAA/NESDIS/National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), Marine Geology & Geophysics Division (MGG) Web

Publisher: National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)