In ArcGIS, a collection of geographic features with the same geometry type (such as point, line, or polygon), the same attributes, and the same spatial reference.

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What is difference between map layer and spatial dataset (e.g. feature class, shapefile)?

This may be very trivial question. To me they seems very similar in concept. What is the difference between feature class and feature layer?
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Why is it important to use feature layers in ModelBuilder?

I am trying to understand creation of a geoprocess with ModelBuilder, but I don't know why it's important to use feature layers instead of feature classes when creating a geoprocess with ModelBuilder. ...
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Erase features from feature classes based on record ID?

This is the challenge: I have two feature classes, which have the same number of polygon features, that when overlaid form concentric "rings." I need to erase the inner circle from the outer circle ...