I can either be from MERIS (ESA) or from MODIS (Nasa). I already reached these sites:



But from the first I was not able to download, and from the second it is not available in tiff.



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I was able to georeference an xglobe image using gdal_translate

gdal_translate -a_srs WGS84 -a_ullr -180 +90 +180 -90 xglobe-2400.jpg xglobe-2400.tiff


...and pick your resolution with images from 2MB to 401MB

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    those are not geotiff Jun 4, 2013 at 14:30
  • You can use gdal_translate on those to get a decent-looking world map. The whole thing took about an hour fumbling around.
    – Yablargo
    Nov 12, 2013 at 15:40

Natural Earth offers free vector and raster map data at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110m scales.

For example: global satellite-derived land cover data (.tif file) and shaded relief available with ocean bottom data, or without.


True Marble Free Download

Download and use the 250m True Marble global dataset for free! This is a low resolution version of our full 15m product, but it is quite useful. Download to use on your web page or preview a purchase. We only ask that you display our copyright and reference this page when using it. Two types of files are available for download: GeoTIFF and PNG. The GeoTIFF files are better suited for GIS programs, but are generally a larger file size. The PNG files are for general image processing programs, but are not georeferenced. Most of these files are much too large for your web browser to display, so be sure to save the file directly to disk.

or the Premium Product 15m Resolution Global Coverage $125,000

Note: It cost's a lot of money to get a Satellite built of the ground and into orbit hence the price.

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    this is the link I posted in the question. Download isn't working, at least for me. Apr 12, 2012 at 13:32
  • Do you have a budget?
    – Mapperz
    Apr 12, 2012 at 13:33
  • nop :) It's not critical Apr 12, 2012 at 13:35
  • Downloads don't work for me either. I get a 2kb .gz file which doesn't extract.
    – Mr_Chimp
    Apr 12, 2012 at 15:47
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    Try the GeoTiff torrent
    – Mapperz
    Apr 12, 2012 at 16:23

Now even the internet archive is down.

You can download zipped 250m Blue Marble tiff images in 45° x 45° tiles from here.

There are total 32 zipped files for the whole world.


The True Marble site looks down – But fortunately the page is archived on the internet Archive including all(?) files, and also the torrent files. Downloading the huge files from archive.org can be slow, so you want to use the torrent.

There is also an improved version of true marble available. Clouds and merge-errors are removed in this version. Also Svalbard was added.

  • None of the above hyperlinks seems to work. Please check. Jul 11, 2018 at 9:53

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