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Visible Earth: Land Surface
This website is part of Visible Earth, which is hosted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and contains a searchable directory of images, visualizations, and animations of the Earth. This section contains images pertaining to surface processes, including erosion, sedimentation, land temperature, land use, soils, topography, and more. Each image is available in a variety of resolutions and sizes, with a brief description, credit, date, and the satellite that took the image.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Photograph
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
Technical requirements:
Quicktime needed for most animations and images (.mov, .tiff, .mpg, .tar files). Stuffit or Winzip expander needed for tar/gz files.
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 insignia).
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-970
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Visible Earth'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Tara Hess
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center