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I've gotten trillions of points extracted from a DEM and they are to be labelled. It's fine at scales such as 1:500 but it gets too cluttered especially if I need to make maps of this with scales up to 1:24000. Is there any way to make less points visible as the user zooms out without creating new feature classes?

A bit more about the data: the points are in a grid fashion and there is no way of identifying them by row or column which makes select by location quite difficult.

  • Welcome to GIS SE, what software are you representing the data in? – artwork21 Oct 27 '14 at 14:43
  • @artwork21 I'm using ArcGIS but I also have QGIS at my disposal. – JayKay_90 Oct 27 '14 at 16:29
  • When you say "without creating new feature classes", you mean without creating a new layer of lower-resolution elevation data? – barrycarter Oct 27 '14 at 21:19
  • @barrycarter yes, because that would make the WMS I'm trying to make too crowded with data. – JayKay_90 Oct 28 '14 at 7:38
  • For every 5x5 block of data (for example), could you pick a "representative point" to display at lower zoom? This is similar to creating a lower-zoom layer, but slightly more efficient. – barrycarter Oct 28 '14 at 13:47

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