I received several shapefiles from an colleague that he told me is in WGS:84. If I look at the metadata in Qgis it tells me the following:
In layer spatial reference system units xMin,yMin 3572722.82,5453423.31 : xMax,yMax 3582448.25,5462926.22 Layer Spatial Reference System +proj=longlat +datum=WGS84 +no_defs
Now when I try to save it in another projection say WGS:84 Pseudo Mercator (EPSG: 3857) it gives me the following:
Export to vector file failed. Error: Failed to transform a point while drawing a feature with ID '1'. Writing stopped. (Exception: forward transform of (62425.896446, 95242.109906) PROJ.4: +proj=longlat +datum=WGS84 +no_defs +to +proj=merc +a=6378137 +b=6378137 +lat_ts=0.0 +lon_0=0.0 +x_0=0.0 +y_0=0 +k=1.0 +units=m +nadgrids=@null +wktext +no_defs Error: latitude or longitude exceeded limits)
A similar message is returned in R with the rgdal package. I suspect that the initial projection is somehow wrong.
Is it truly WGS84?
The problem occurs with all shapefiles.
INFO: Open of `XXX.shp' using driver `ESRI Shapefile' successful. 1: XXXABC (Polygon)