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Creating a polygon when there are water bodies in the polyline shapefile

Question asked by Tilottama1179 on Jan 28, 2016
Latest reply on Jan 29, 2016 by Tilottama1179



I have  NGA shoreline polyline shapefile of Indoneisa. I have modified it by adding two lines to close the polygons, so that I can create a polygon of my area of interest. However, there are numerous waterbodies which are drawn in the shapefile, and when I am trying to create a polygon from the polyline, a closed polygon is not being created. I tried dissolving the polylines but that didn't help either. Any ideas on how to do it? Otherwise, I will have to manually delete the polylines which are interrupting in the creation of the polygon.


I am attaching a portion of  shapefile I am working with (the complete one is too big to be attached here). Any help will be greatly appreciated.