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CIA World DataBank II

The CIA World DataBank II which provides high-resolution coastlines, together with national boundaries and rivers.

Public domain.

The original data are stored in binary files. However, an ASCII version can be downloaded from here.

Derived datasets and tools:

  • Worldwide datasets: This can be done via the following commands:
    cat Source/*-riv.txt > world-riv.txt
  • GMT (with the rank given as a -Z flag, for plotting via psxy -M):
  • Remove parts of the dataset with a higher rank (i.e. higher orders of nested elements):
    • Dataset: (contained in the Paraview and GMT datasets)
    • Created using:
      ./ < input.gmt > output.gmt
  • Paraview:
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