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Re: Contour plots on maps

Simon de Vet (simon@mathstat.dal.ca) writes:

> I have been trying to plot some contour maps onto different map
> projections, and for the most part, it is working. I have been having
> some troubles, however...
> Sometimes, contours try to connect across the map, cutting diagonally
> across other lines, instead of terminating at the edges. These lines are
> not at the borders of the data, merely at the borders of the current
> projection.
> I have also had troubles with filled contours on map projections
> (Mercator, in my case). While filled plots look nice with no map
> projection used, with Mercator they are overwritten with white blocks at
> times, leaving only a few spots of colour.  The help says that using map
> projections can cause filled contour troubles... Are there any
> workarounds?

There are several articles that you will really want to 
read on my web page, but I would start with this one,
because you definitely have "holes" in your contour plots:


The other problems can probably be solved by always
specifying the center of the map projection with Map_Set.
Here is another article that deals with an image instead
of a contour plot on a map projection, but the idea is 
the same:




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