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Michael Doig is a science teacher, web developer, and avid traveler who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Zoology and from Pace University with a Masters of Science in Teaching. He currently teaches Earth Science in a New York public high school.

21 Places To Find Amazing Scientific Images

Amazing photographs can take your presentation from good to great. Don’t make your students sit through another PowerPoint with bad images. There are loads of free high quality images available online. Here are 22 places to get great images for use in your scientific presentations:

1) Visible Earth – A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet.


2) HubbleSite – Beautiful images of space from the Hubble Space Telescope.


3) Earth Observatory – A new collection of Earth images.


4) Earth As Art – View the Earth through the eyes of the Landsat-7 satellite.


5) National Science Foundation Multimedia Gallery – Images, Video, Animations and Audio from the NSF.

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6) National Geographic Photographs – Photography galleries from around the world by National Geographic.


7) iStockPhoto – Royalty Free Stock photography and photos.


8) NOAA Ocean Explorer – Images and videos of ocean exploration.


9) Earth Science World Image Bank – The Earth Science World Image Bank is a service provided by the American Geological Institute (AGI).


10) NOAA Photo Library – Thousands of stunning ocean exploration photographs, coral reef photographs, and polar regions photographs.


11) Naval Research Laboratory Images – The Naval Research Laboratory images are provided as a courtesy. All images are in the public domain.


12) U.S. Geological Survey: Photo and Image Collections – A comprehensive list of USGS photo and image collections.


13) Human Genome Project Images – U.S. Department of Energy Genome Program’s Genome Management Information System (GMIS).


14) NOAA Operational Significant Event Imagery – Images of severe weather and natural disasters.


15) National Parks Service Digital Image Archives – 1000’s of images of U.S. National Parks.


16) Earth Science Image of the Day – Each day a different image or photograph is featured.


17) National Geophysical Data Center – Bathymetry, topography and relief images of the United States.

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18) LiveScience.com Image Gallery – Loads of high quality scientific images.


19) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Digital Library – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s online digital media library.


20) The Association for Science Education Image Gallery – A small gallery of decent quality images.


21) Google Image Search – If all else fails…

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