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Earth From a Distance
satellite image showing a water reservoir on the left, and the same reservoir on the right with half the water April 22 is Earth Day, so this is a great time to explore USGS Land Remote Sensing Image Collections that show how the surface of the Earth is changing rapidly at local, regional, national, and even global scales.

Each image or image pair comes with a brief explanation and several download options.

Find more land change images with educational materials at our Earthshots website.

 

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Topoview
Use our new Topoview website to access and download free maps from the USGS historical map collection, published between 1884 and 2006. These are the same historical maps that have been available through the USGS Store, but now they're even easier to locate. Visit the website or review the online tutorial video.

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