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I have a water polygon that I need to chop out island polygons from

Question asked by timbranan on Jan 27, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 10, 2016 by rathiabhishek

I have a polygon shapefile that represents a large body of water. I have a separate polygon shapefile that represents all the islands within that water polygon.

 

I tried to merge them but that just puts one on top of the other.

 

what I need is to basically chop out the islands from the water so I end up with a file that's nothing but water. I've looked through the tools but I'm not sure which one is appropriate.

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