More About What It Took

The rolling plains of rural eastern South Dakota may seem an unlikely setting for one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced storehouses of information about the Earth and its terrestrial resources. Yet just outside Sioux Falls, S.D., stands the U.S. Geological Survey's EROS Data Center (EDC) a remarkably extensive repository of remotely sensed images of the planet. Secure within its walls are some eight million aerial photographs and three million satellite images of the Earth's land surface, a visual and digital record of global features and environmental change that spans nearly three decades.

Written in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the EDC, What It Took is the story of how the Center came to be located in the heart of the Midwest, and how it evolved from a handful of people housed in temporary quarters to a unique, internationally renowned earth science data analysis and research laboratory. Replete with numerous photographs and quotations by dozens of EDC employees, the book traces the colorful, often tumultuous 25-year history of the Center, and highlights the efforts of local community leaders, influential Washington congressmen, creative researchers, and a loyal staff whose unflagging, can-do spirit made "the little Data Center on the prairie" what it is today.

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