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About ESIA

Earth Science Image Archive and Museum

This digital museum is home to the Western Kentucky University Earth Science Image Archive. This archive is for the free distribution of images for academic and non profit agencies.

The unique aspect of this site is that it will contain high quality images of a wide variety of sciences. Minerals, rocks, fossils, geologic structures, Earth processes, atmospheric processes, and astronomy. This museum will serve as a digital repository for rare and interesting finds/photos/videos. In addition, online teaching aids will soon be available for educators teaching K-12 and higher ed.

Check back often as new minerals and new content are being updated frequently!


Can I use the images on this site for educational purposes for free?
Yes, you may freely use the images without contacting us first as long as the images are not modified, but please reference the WKU ESIA project.  Also, please let us if you use them in class as it helps me justify my efforts on this project.
I am a publisher or work for a publishing company, may I use these images in textbooks or other publications?
These images are for academic use only, but they are available for use in books and other publications for a fee.  The fee structure depends on usage type so please contact us for more details.
How are the minerals classified?
The minerals are classified according to a slightly modified Nickel-Strunz Classification Scheme.   Please see the Wikipedia entry for more information:
Can I help contribute?
Not yet, but we are working a way so that users can contribute without emailing photos to me.  If you want to email high resolution photos to us you can, but they then become the property of WKU. 

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Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
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 Last Modified 9/25/14