Publications and Photographs

The USGS Publications Warehouse provides an online catalog where you can place orders, view price information, download scanned versions and view a list of recent publications.
USGS-authored or produced data and information are considered to be in the U.S. public domain. While the content of most USGS Web pages is in the U.S. public domain, not all information, illustrations, or photographs on our site are.
Out-of-print USGS publications and maps, depending on series and date, can be obtained in various ways:
Publications you can read on the online are available in HyperText Markup Language (HTML) or a file format called Portable Document Format (PDF). Reports are often provided with an introductory HTML page linked to the complete PDF file.
The Photographic Library, located in Denver, Colorado, is an archive of still photographs dating from the 1870’s and taken by USGS scientists as part of t
The USGS has placed online a number of images taken by some of the photographers who worked for or otherwise accompanied the "Great Surveys of the American West."
Our National Parks preserve the showcases of our nation's geological heritage. We invite you to explore the geology, historical photography, natural history, and other features of many U.S. National Parks.
Probably, although detailed geologic mapping has not been completed for the entire United States. Geologic maps at many scales, and from many sources, are listed in the National Geologic Map Database.
A plastic map is made with a water-resistant and tear-resistant type material, but it retains the flexibility and other characteristics of paper maps. 
Soil Surveys published by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly the Soil Conservation Service, are available from several sources.