LSIB 2017: Large Scale International Boundary Polygons, Detailed

Dataset Availability
2017-12-29T00:00:00Z - 2017-12-29T00:00:00
Dataset Provider
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The United States Office of the Geographer provides the Large Scale International Boundary (LSIB) dataset. It is derived from two other datasets: a LSIB line vector file and the World Vector Shorelines (WVS) from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The interior boundaries reflect U.S. government policies on boundaries, boundary disputes, and sovereignty. The exterior boundaries are derived from the WVS; however, the WVS coastline data is outdated and generally shifted from between several hundred meters to over a kilometer. Each feature is the polygonal area enclosed by interior boundaries and exterior coastlines where applicable, and many countries consist of multiple features, one per disjoint region. Each of the 180,741 features is a part of the geometry of one of the 284 countries described in this dataset.

Table Schema

Table Schema

Name Type Description

Object ID


US-recognized country name

Terms of Use

Terms of Use

There are no restrictions on use of this US public domain data.

Explore in Earth Engine

var dataset = ee.FeatureCollection('USDOS/LSIB/2017');
var styleParams = {
  fillColor: 'b5ffb4',
  color: '00909F',
  width: 3.0,
var countries =;
Map.setCenter(0, 0, 5);
Map.addLayer(countries, {}, 'USDOS/LSIB/2017');