To our viewers: The following
632 links to pictures of the Mississippi Gulf Coast following
Hurricane Katrina were taken from aircraft by the personnel of
the USGS. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is an unbiased,
multi-disciplinary Science Organization that focuses on Biology,
Geography, Geology, Geospatial Information, and Water, dedicated
to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the Landscape,
our Natural Resources, and the Natural Hazards that threaten
us. The Coastal & Marine Geology Program has recently acquired
technology to post contiguous areas of oblique aerial photographs
on the web after a storm. These single storm products will supplement
our comparisons of laser altimetry (Lidar) and Aerial Photography.
All USGS products are in the public domain, so users may download
them without copyright restrictions. We only ask that you credit
the USGS. Images are provided at their maximum resolution.
For Hurricane Katrina, we have
arbitrarily selected certain pictures, and divided the impacted
area of the Mississippi Gulf Coast into 9 segments to make selections
easier. Geographic boundaries are approximate. From West to East,
the nine areas are: Bay Saint Louis & Waveland, Pass Christian,
Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Belle Fontaine,
Gautier, and Pascagoula.
These photographs are very large
in both width and height.Therefore, it will require both Horizontal
and Vertical "Scrolling" to view the entire picture.
Also, many of the photographs start out at the top looking very
dark. This is because they are oblique aerial photographs. Oblique
is defined as, "Having a slanting or sloping direction...inclined."
This causes the resulting photographs to slant upward from near
the bottom of the photograph, to a greater distance from the
camera toward the top of the photograph. Light colored objects
near the bottom of the photographs will be easily visible, but
not so toward the top of the photographs. Of course, all of the
resulting images also depend on the time of day and the amount
of intervening smoke or haze.
The sequence of the pictures generally
progress one after another from West to East with the exception
of Bay Saint Louis and Waveland which progress from Southeast
to Northeast, and then follow a clockwise curve around the Bay
of Saint Louis.