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When I look for intersect between circle and polygon. He finds intersect between these two, who are not visually intersected.

Everything should have the same projection ('EPSG:3857'). But I don't know how I can check the projection of each feature.

My code :

var circle = new Circle(transformedCoordinates, radius);
var circleFeature = new Feature(circle);
var circleSource = new VectorSource();
var circleLayer = new VectorLayer({
  source: circleSource

var features = this.neighbourhoodLayer.getSource().getFeatures();
var nisCodesInCircle = [];
var circleExtent = circleFeature.getGeometry().getExtent();
for(var i = 0; i < features.length; i ++) {
  if(intersects(circleExtent, features[i].getGeometry().getExtent())) {
  • Constructing a circle in a projection that doesn't honor distance (3857) is probably less than useful for analysis.
    – Vince
    Mar 30, 2021 at 13:56
  • Does this return the BBOX/Envelope of the circle var circleExtent = circleFeature.getGeometry().getExtent();?
    – user30184
    Mar 30, 2021 at 13:59

1 Answer 1


That is the correct result, the extents do intersect

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To test if the geometries intersect you will need a third party utility such as turf https://turfjs.org/docs/#intersect

Or in this case you could find the closest point on the polygon to the center of the circle https://openlayers.org/en/latest/apidoc/module-ol_geom_Polygon-Polygon.html#getClosestPoint If that is within the radius of the circle they intersect.

  • With circle.intersectsCoordinate() ? Mar 30, 2021 at 14:12
  • Yes (or you could calculate the distance using Pythagoras)
    – Mike
    Mar 30, 2021 at 14:22

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