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Visible Earth
NASA's Visible Earth is a searchable directory of images, visualizations, and animations of Earth science-related images being produced by several NASA projects including Terra and SeaWiFS. Images are categorized by location, satellite, and topic, and are also searchable using a full-text search engine. Resources include agriculture, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, human dimensions, hydrosphere, land surface, oceans, radiance or imagery, and solid earth. Accompanying each image are credits, data about the image, the satellite it was taken from, a description of what is shown, and a high-resolution viewable image.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Agricultural science
  • Atmospheric science
  • Biology
  • Cryology
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Hydrology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
QuickTime or Windows Media Player is needed to view the animations.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Unless otherwise noted, all images and animations made available through Visible Earth are generally not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits, and Internet web pages. This general permission does not include the NASA insignia logo (the blue "meatball" insignia). For commercial use, the use of some images may require further coordination through a NASA corporate associate (for example, ORBIMAGE is the required contact for the commercial use of any SeaWiFS images). Images in Visible Earth that require further commercial permissions are so noted.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-666
Related resources:
This resource contains 'Visible Earth: Coastal Processes'
This resource references 'NASA Earth Observatory'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Earth Observatory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)