I am using the latest version of ArcMap for desktop. I have a shapefile which is contour lines. I have two shapefiles for adjacent areas of a map. One of the shapefiles has double the number of contour lines as the other shapefile. I understand that I can display a reduced number of contour lines by using a definition query, but I would like the actual file to contain fewer lines and be more similar to the other shapefile. Any advice on how to do this is greatly appreciated.
The shapefile I want to reduce contains 673,835 lines in the attribute table and is 125 MB
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there is easy method, just Use Join in ArcGIS map for the layer that you want to reduce.
and make join fields for two layers are elevation field , and check on keep only matched records.
and you will get what you want. so you can export them or something else.
I can try using Join if the data matches well enough, the rows in one attribute table are in the intervals below
and the rows in the other table are in intervals as below
Since it appears that you are working with two different coordinate systems, I would convert them back to raster DEMs. Then, use the 3D analyst extension to re-contour them exactly with the parameters you need.
Thanks for the help Gerry. I downloaded the data as shapefiles, one from an American source and the other from a Canadian source. I don't have raster or DEM data for this map because the map will be used on GPS only.