I have a 200 mile diameter circle in Google Earth. enter image description here

I saved as a kml and imported into QGIS with the "add vector layer" and it was imported as WGS 84 GCS. enter image description here

Now the Circle lines up on the correct coordinates but is an oval and measures east to west well over 270 miles however 200 north to south. Why do the Coordinates match but not the distance measurements? Does one program not account for curvature and the other not? What coordinate system do you use from google earth to Qgis to be able to maintain a circle a 200 mile diameter?

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Use the CRS EPSG:3857. See below.

Circle in GE enter image description here

Same KML as WGS 84 in QGIS enter image description here

Same KML again using EPSG:3857 enter image description here

Measure the diameter of your circle and it should be much better.

  • This should really be a comment rather than an answer unless there's more to it... Jun 21, 2016 at 23:47
  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. - From Review Jun 21, 2016 at 23:48
  • Thanks Michael, I added some steps demonstrating why the suggested CRS may be the answer they are looking for. Jun 22, 2016 at 0:24
  • Fair enough, now it's an answer that I can upvote. Jun 22, 2016 at 1:07

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