Union Extent or SpatialPolygons* objects

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Description

Extent objects: Objects are combined into their union. See crop and extend to union a Raster object with an Extent object.

Two SpatialPolygons* objects. Overlapping polygons (between layers, not within layers) are intersected, other spatial objects are appended. Tabular attributes are joined.

Single SpatialPolygons* object. Overlapping polygons are intersected. Original attributes are lost. New attributes allow for determining how many, and which, polygons overlapped.

Usage

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## S4 method for signature 'Extent,Extent'
union(x, y)

## S4 method for signature 'SpatialPolygons,SpatialPolygons'
union(x, y)

## S4 method for signature 'SpatialPolygons,missing'
union(x, y)

Arguments

x

Extent or SpatialPolygons* object

y

Same as x or missing

Value

Extent or SpatialPolygons object

See Also

intersect, extent, setExtent

merge for merging a data.frame with attributes of Spatial objects and +,SpatialPolygons,SpatialPolygons-method for an algebraic notation

Examples

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e1 <- extent(-10, 10, -20, 20)
e2 <- extent(0, 20, -40, 5)
union(e1, e2)

#SpatialPolygons
if (require(rgdal) & require(rgeos)) {
	p <- shapefile(system.file("external/lux.shp", package="raster"))
	p0 <- aggregate(p)
	b <- as(extent(6, 6.4, 49.75, 50), 'SpatialPolygons')
	projection(b) <- projection(p)
	u <- union(p0, b)
	plot(u, col=2:4)
}

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