KML layer can't load on ArcGIS online

04-07-2021 12:55 AM
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I hope I'm posting in the right section.
I'm new to ArcGIS online and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, or if what I want to do is even possible with the platform. Basically, I have a historical map as a KML file(made by map warper), that I want to put as a layer on a ArcGIS map, to then use as the base map in Storymaps. The thing is, the process of adding a layer takes a lot of memory, and my computers(I tried on different machines to make sure), and when the layer is added, it is very laggy and buggy. I tried different ways to host the kml, with cloud drives and with the content section on the website, and neither really worked. The closest I got was with google drive, but I had to wait 10 minutes just to save the map, and it was even worse when I tried to import it in story maps.

Here is the link to a version of the file I was trying. 

The KML works totally fine in Google earth, so at least I know the file isn't corrupted or anything.

Am I doing something wrong? Is what I am trying to do even possible or am I wasting my time?


Thanks a lot!

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

There are limits to using kml.  Did you go over the link

KML—ArcGIS Online Help | Documentation

perhaps removing some of the unsupported elements or simplifying the kml might work.

Also, the file size limit will prevent them being loaded in the first place

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