[R-sig-Geo] dissolve internal borders of polygons using st_union and group_by

Andy Teucher @ndy@teucher @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Oct 17 21:25:45 CEST 2019

Another option you have available is ‘ms_dissolve()’ in the ‘rmapshaper' package (full disclosure - I am the author). The javascript library that powers it (maphsaper[1]) builds topology with a small tolerance to repair slivers and gaps, and thus can often fix issues like this:

world_map <- ne_countries(scale = 'small', returnclass = "sf")

# World countries:

# Dissolve borders within continents with ms_dissolve()
world_dissolved <- ms_dissolve(world_map, field = "continent”)

Andy Teucher

[1] mapshaper: https://github.com/mbloch/mapshaper

> On Oct 17, 2019, at 8:47 AM, Marta Rufino <marta.m.rufino using gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you very much to all :)
> Barry+Roger contributions sorted the problem for the moment, although in my
> mind there are still things to be understood.
> Mike, yep, thank you for alerting me of rnaturalearth issues- I was not
> aware of it. In this case, I am really interested in the process to
> apply in other polygons, not in the data *per se*, but will take this into
> account in the future.
> Once I have the doc produced (distribution of world
> estuaries/bays/transition waters), I will post on the list :)
> Best wishes,
> M.
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