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How to get rid of that International Dateline zipper: 1.5 Hacks and a Solution

We’ve all had to deal with it. That infernal seam that runs along the International Dateline. It’s no big deal when your coordinate system uses 180 as a split, but it rears up when your projected coordinate system isn’t rectangular or has a center longitude other than zero.

Look at poor Antarctica, with an embarrassing seam showing. Well guess what! It’s not Antarctica’s fault; it’s living as a geographic coordinate system and has been asked to contort into a projected coordinate system. Of course there’s going to be a seam. I, for one, applaud Antarctica for being so accommodating and projecting on the fly.

But still it would be nice if that line weren’t there…

Not to worry! I’ll show you how to…


0:00 What’s up with that outfit? It’s cold in Michigan. We dress in layers.
0:12 Ah that International Dateline dragging its feet right through your polygon.
0:22 Here’s why you have that seam (thank Bojan Šavrič for the explanation).
1:15 Here’s an easy hack to hide that seam (drag your stroke beneath the fill).
2:00 Here’s an alternate hack the does the same thing, just with two layers.
2:47 Ok, those are some band-aids. How do we fix this for good though?
2:58 Create a re-projected version of the data in a Projected Coordinate System.
3:47 Editing out the vestigial nodes that sit at the International Dateline.
4:42 Bonus tip: how to copy over the symbology of one layer to another.

Ok, happy non-vestigial-International-Dateline-mapping my friends!

Love, John

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I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the ArcGIS Living Atlas team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways and then sharing the process. I also design user experiences for maps and apps. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. You might also like these Styles for ArcGIS Pro:

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