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U.S. Geological Survey Aerial Photography

Metadata Updated: December 6, 2023

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Aerial Photography data set includes over 2.5 million film transparencies. Beginning in 1937, photographs were acquired for mapping purposes at different altitudes using various focal lengths and film types. The resultant black-and-white photographs contain less than 5 percent cloud cover and were acquired under rigid quality control and project specifications (e.g., stereo coverage, continuous area coverage of map or administrative units). Prior to the initiation of the National High Altitude Photography (NHAP) program in 1980, the USGS photography collection was one of the major sources of aerial photographs used for mapping the United States. Since 1980, the USGS has acquired photographs over project areas that require photographs at a larger scale than the photographs in the NHAP and National Aerial Photography Program collections.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023

Metadata Source

Harvested from NASA Data.json

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Identifier C1220566204-USGS_LTA
Data First Published 1937-04-01
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2019-03-25
Category geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 026:00
Metadata Context
Metadata Catalog ID
Schema Version
Catalog Describedby
Citation U.S. Geological Survey. 1973-01-01. U.S. Geological Survey Aerial Photography. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. Archived by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Government, U.S. Geological Survey. Photograph.
Creator U.S. Geological Survey
Data Presentation Form Photograph
Harvest Object Id 5532220b-7f18-4109-a584-8540e58b8f49
Harvest Source Id 58f92550-7a01-4f00-b1b2-8dc953bd598f
Harvest Source Title NASA Data.json
Homepage URL
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial -180.0 -90.0 180.0 90.0
Program Code 026:001
Release Place Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash ba2ca7c4b2c65ae33cdec8797b1601e1d3fc5ab693b071b82e6bfd953dbf3317
Source Schema Version 1.1
Temporal 1937-04-01T00:00:00Z/2022-01-17T00:00:00Z

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