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Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition by Erik Westra

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Reading and writing geospatial data

In this section, we will look at some examples of tasks you might want to perform which involve reading and writing geospatial data in both vector and raster format.

Task – calculate the bounding box for each country in the world

In this slightly contrived example, we will make use of a shapefile to calculate the minimum and maximum latitude/longitude values for each country in the world. This "bounding box" can be used, among other things, to generate a map of a particular country. For example, the bounding box for Turkey would look like this:

Task – calculate the bounding box for each country in the world

Start by downloading the World Borders Dataset from:

http://thematicmapping.org/downloads/world_borders.php ...

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