USGS Earthshots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change

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Abstract: Earthshots is an ebook of before-and-after Landsat images (1972-present),
showing recent environmental events and introducing remote sensing. Earthshots
comes from the U.S. Geological Survey's EROS Center, Sioux Falls, SD, the
world's largest archive of earth science data.

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Purpose: The images displayed in Earthshots are examples of Landsat data that help scientists worldwide understand more about how both people and nature are changing the landscape.
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Description: Examples of environmental change from around the world
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: USGS EROS Center
Dataset Title: USGS Earthshots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change
Dataset Release Place: Sioux Falls, SD
Dataset Publisher: USGS EROS Data Center
Data Presentation Form: imagery
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1972-01-01
Use Constraints There is no guarantee of warranty concerning the accuracy of these data. Users should be aware that temporal changes may have occurred since the data was collected and that some parts of these data may no longer represent actual surface conditions. Users should not use these data for critical applications without a full awareness of their limitations. Acknowledgement of the originating agencies would be appreciated in products derived from these data. Any user who modifies the data set is obligated to describe the types of modifications they perform. User specifically agrees not to misrepresent the data set, nor to imply that changes made were approved or endorsed by the U.S. Geological Survey. Please refer to for the USGS disclaimer.
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Data Center
Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 605-594-6151, 800-252-4547
Fax: 605-594-6589
Email: lta at
Contact Address:
LTA Customer Services
U.S. Geological Survey
EROS Center
47914 252nd Street
City: Sioux Falls
Province or State: SD
Postal Code: 57198-0001
Country: USA
Distribution Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Billard, Jules B., and Blair, James, P., 1970, The revolution in American
agriculture: National Geographic Magazine, vol. 137, no. 2, February, p.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-04-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-05-10
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