shrug-l: Subtracting Shapefiles

Cummins, Karen cummink at
Fri Dec 2 15:14:14 EST 2005

Would the Erase tool do the job for you? This is located in the ArcGIS 9
Toolbox under Analysis Tools>Overlay>Erase.




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[mailto:shrug-l-bounces at] On Behalf Of Sykes, John
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 3:00 PM
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It has to be Friday or I would have figured this out by now by myself! 

I have one shapefile that is completely contained within a second

I want to subtract the first shapefile from the second, creating a third
shapefile that is the outer shapefile minus the contained shapefile
(e.g., the outer shapefile with a hole in it the size of the contained


I tried the Cartographic Mask tool and using buffers, neither worked

-- John 

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