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Visible Earth
This site provides a searchable database of NASA's Earth science-related images, animations, and data visualizations. Categories include agriculture, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, human dimensions, hydrosphere, land surface, oceans, and solid earth. Images may be browsed by subject, location, or satellite sensor. Each image is accompanied by a description, background information, and explanation of why the image was taken and/or how it is being used for research and monitoring. Images are freely downloadable in both low and high resolution formats.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Agricultural science
  • Atmospheric science
  • Cryology
  • Forestry
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
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. Images in Visible Earth that require further commercial permissions are so noted.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-581
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Geology and Human Health'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: NASA Earth Observatory