United States Geological Survey (USGS)


from Robert A Kimmel <rakimmel@usgs.gov>

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cc Charles D Thompson <cthompson1@usgs.gov>

date Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 12:20 AM

subject Re: Fw: Permission for using Contents of USGS Website

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Thank you for your inquiry.

You may use any of the contents of our web sites in accordance with the following:


USGS-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain. While the content of most USGS web pages is in the public domain, not all the information on our site is in the public domain. Some images/graphics are used by USGS with permission. For other uses, you may need to obtain permission from the copyright holder under the copyright law.

You are welcome to make a link to any of the Web pages USGS has published on the Internet. There is no need to request permission.

Use of the USGS visual identifier (logo) is restricted to official publications.

We will identify material we use from sources outside of USGS, and request others do the same when using information published by USGS. Credit can be provided by including on the page (or via a link to a credits page) a citation such as:

Credit: U. S. Geological Survey

U. S. Geological Survey/photo by Jane Doe (if the artist is known)

USGS/Menlo Park, CA (if originating office but not the artist is known)


In general, the USGS copyright policy can be stated as follows:

USGS products that are produced entirely within the agency are considered “public domain” materials; therefore, the public is free to use them in published material or in any other manner without obtaining consent or paying a fee. The USGS requests that the public adhere to some basic guidelines when using its materials. USGS materials should not be used or altered in such a way that they could potentially be perceived as being in a negative context. Whenever possible, the USGS asks that the use of USGS materials be cited somewhere in the text or manuscript. As a precaution, please make sure that the materials that you are crediting as having originated with the USGS were produced entirely by the USGS and not in cooperation with another source.

You can read our copyrights and trademarks policy when you visit the following USGS Web site:


If you have any further questions, please contact me:

Bob Kimmel




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