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How do I get aerial photographs of where I live?

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Hello and welcome to CoreFacts, where we're always short on time and big on science. I'm Steve Sobieszczyk. Today we're bringing another good question about maps and aerial photos.

How do I get aerial photographs of where I live?

To get information on how to get aerial photographs, visit the How to Obtain Aerial Photographs Fact Sheet in our show notes ( which includes a checklist of information needed for Earth Science Information Center staff to search our databases for available photographs.

Photographic reproduction of images from the USGS film archives ceased on September 3, 2004. However, aerial photographs can be ordered in either of two digital formats through EarthExplorer.

For those who specifically need paper or film products, there is a list of USGS Business Partners in our show notes ( who provide aerial photographic research and image printing services.

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