I'm guessing this is not possible but is there any way to clip a Esri map service such as the Soil Survey Map for a another feature polygon? http://server.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/rest/services/Specialty/Soil_Survey_Map/MapServer

I know it's a not a feature service but what is confusing is how if you zoom in far enough it will show the soil series information. What I would like to do is clip it to a smaller area like less than 1000 acres based on a polygon feature class. Maybe someone knows of another feature service available that would show the soil survey down to the soil series detail like this Esri map service does?

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It sounds like you may be wanting to perform a graphic clip of a data frame containing the map service you mention, by using a selected polygon from a feature class.

To do this take a look at the Clip Options on the Data Frame tab of your Data Frame's Properties.

There is online help on Clipping the Data Frame available here.

  • thanks for the answer. That is not quite what I'm looking for. The Soil Survey map service displays labels but if I clip to a shape with the frame it will both cutoff labels and exclude labels of some of the soil types. I would also like to change the symbology of the different soil type features. I really need a feature service here. Was hoping there was one out there but that doesn't seem to be the case.
    – wilbev
    Jun 5, 2012 at 18:54
  • No problem - I was not sure exactly what you were wanting but the inclusion of 'arcmap' amongst your four tags made me think it was this
    – PolyGeo
    Jun 6, 2012 at 2:12

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