Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Earth Science Picture of the Day" Website

If your surfing of the internet for Earth science-related websites hasn’t uncovered Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD), you definitely should check it out. About two weeks ago, I stumbled on it and uploaded a photo of Ship Rock along with a geological description from my recent blog post of August 2012. Today (9/12/2012), it went live and is the “EPOD of the Day.”

EPOD features over 3,000 images contributed by its viewers. The site claims to “highlight the diverse processes and phenomena which shape our planet and our lives.” A new image adorns the site literally every day!

EPOD collects and archives photos, imagery, graphics, and even artwork with short explanatory captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system. EPOD is a service of NASA's Earth Science Division, the EOS Project Science Office (at Goddard Space Flight Center) and the Universities Space Research Association. They invite the community to contribute digital imagery, short captions and relevant links.

The vast collection of photos is divided into forty-two categories such as glaciers, rainbows, weather, geology, wildlife, and night sky. Their search utility is quite effective, and I have found the photographs generally to be very good and extremely creative. The write-ups are relatively short, but are well-written and highly descriptive.

You can even vote for your “Favorite EPOD’s.” After the votes have been tallied, the winners are shown for each month from the previous year.

It's definitely worth a look. Here’s a link to EPOD: Upload some photos! Cast your vote!

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