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Earth, Energy and Materials-Related Images and Pictures

Guide to sources of imagery related to the earth, environment, and engineering.


a river of brown water rushing down a hill

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior/USGS U.S. Geological Survey/photo by Stewart Tomlinson

Finding the right image for your project can be frustrating, and while Google searches and Instagram can find some things, finding thematic imagery and properly attributing it can be problematic. Here you can find images and pictures that are related to the Earth and Mineral Sciences college.


When attributing an image, there are four very important pieces of information that you need- Title, Author, Source, and License.

The license is the most important part. If you do not have that, assume that you don't have permission to use the image, period. The license will tell you what you can and cannot do with the image.

The source is necessary so that the image has a "paper trail" of sorts. Practically all images you find electronically will have a URL to link back to them.

The author is very important, and for most licenses you must reference the author.

The title is nice to have, especially if the author has given it a descriptive or artistic name. It is not as important as the others, but is helpful to readers to gain some more context from the image and for the author.