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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the descendant of America's oldest science agencies, the Survey of the Coast formed in 1807, the Weather Service formed in 1870, and the forerunner of today's National Marine Fisheries Service formed in 1871. The foundation built by these great organizations has given rise to an agency whose realm extends from the surface of the sun to the bottom of the sea, whose concern for life in the sea extends from microscopic creatures to the great whales, and whose reach in time extends from thousands of years in the past to decades in the future with global change studies and observations. On any given day, NOAA ships, buoys, observatories, aircraft, and satellites will observe environmental conditions from Arctic to Antarctic. They might observe features as diverse as fish stocks, ozone content of the atmosphere, sun spots, tornadoes, or coastlines. Or they could be engaged in producing warnings and forecasts or producing charts and tide tables to help keep the citizens of the United States safe in their homes, at their work, or on the seas. (more)

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Welcome to the new and updated NOAA Photo Library!
The new NOAA Photo Library is significantly different from the old version which it is replacing:

• More than 10,000 new images.

• New search capability.

• Many new albums that better reflect NOAA’s stewardship role and range of operations.

• Hundreds of Hurricane Katrina images that help record the extent of damage of this American tragedy.

• Thousands of stunning ocean exploration photographs, coral reef photographs, and polar regions photographs.

• New additions to albums including remarkable lightning photography, coastal photographs detailing the nooks and crannies of our American coastline including a medley of American lighthouses, and new images detailing the Treasures of the NOAA Library.

• And in this, the 200th Anniversary of the Coast Survey, NOAA’s oldest ancestor agency and America’s first science agency, thousands of newly digitized historical photographs detailing the work of the Coast Survey, Fisheries Commission and Weather Bureau.

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  The NOAA Photo collection would not exist but for the generous individuals who are willing to share their remarkable images and observations with America and the rest of the world; meet the men and women who have made the NOAA Photo Library possible.  
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  More NOAA Images -- NOAA has a wealth of additional image collections. Check out these NOAA image resources from around the country.
  NOAA Home Page -- your starting point for entering the World of NOAA. Portal to one of the largest government science sites on the web.
  NOAA History Site -- NOAA Celebrates its 200th Anniversary. Check out this site to find a wealth of information of about the oldest science agency in the U.S.
  NOAA's 200th Anniversary Web Site -- highlights the rich history of science, service, and stewardship provided to the American public by NOAA and its predecessors.

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