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Filling in 'donut holes' in a polygon feature

Question asked by martyrocks on Feb 4, 2015
Latest reply on Feb 5, 2015 by martyrocks

Hi folks,


First post here so i hope it's in the right subforum. I have a shapefile polygon of Australia, within which are thousands of 'holes' that represent lakes, ponds, water features etc. All I want to do is simply remove all these holes and be left with a solid, filled-in Australia shaped coastline.


Is there a quick/ efficient way to do this? I've been trying a few methodologies, none of which are particularly efficient, and I thought there may be a more elegant solution within a tool (or a combination of tools). There are literally thousands of these gaps. All irregualr in shape and of varying sizes, so a 'one-by-one' approach is definitely not the way to go!


Thanks for your help in advance!