How to plot and extract coordinates

You may wish to create points on your map, at known coordinates. Alternatively you may need to obtain coordinates of features visible on the map.

How to plot coordinate points

One or more coordinate points can be plotted as Places on your map.

Select Tools → Coordinate to open an input window

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Choose the appropriate coordinate system from the drop-down list, enter your coordinate values and a name for the point. Click Add to Places

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Go to Places and click on your new point to highlight it on the map.

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(Optional) Click the down arrow and adjust the symbology such as colour and size.

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(Optional) Click the down arrow and adjust the symbology such as colour and size.

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How to extract coordinates

You may wish to obtain coordinates for features that you can see on your map, such as the corner posts of a Mining Claim. Coordinates can be observed on-screen at your current cursor position. They can also be plotted to Places using the Draw point tool, downloaded in various formats, or saved to the map later use.

View coordinates of the cursor position

Navigate to a point of interest on your map

Place your cursor directly over the point

Note the coordinates of the cursor listed in the bottom left of the map

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Click on the coordinate text will toggle between Decimal Degrees, Degrees Minutes Seconds, and Map Grid of Australia

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How to draw points

Click Tools → Draw places → Draw point

Click on your map at the point of interest (e.g. a Mining Claim corner post visible on a satellite image). Continue drawing points at all your required locations.

When done, review the results by clicking Places → Your new Place → Attributes → View the coordinates.

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If required, click Places → Download → to download your points to a csv, shp, kml or json file.

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Accuracy of coordinates and measurements

GeoResGlobe utilises the Web Mercator map projection. This projection is the most commonly used coordinate system in web applications to show world extents. Its strength is that it preserves direction and the shape of data, however the downside is it distorts distance and area.

The on screen coordinates only provide an estimate of the coordinates at the mouse point, they are not designed to provide an exact location. The use of the GeoResGlobe for the purposes of precise locations and measurement is not advised. Please refer to the Disclaimer notice on the welcome page for further details.