I need to query the bounding box of a table (in WGS 84, srid 4326), and transform it to Web Mercator to be consumed by an OpenLayers map.

Currently, I am using this to retrieve the bounding box:

SELECT ST_Extent(geom) FROM mytable

Which returns the string "BOX(2067507.49369776 650368.674310103,2095742.80207396 691604.021270793)". I have tried a variety of ways to transform this, but none have worked.

Transforming the geometry before getting the extent doesn't work:

SELECT ST_Extent(ST_Transform(geom, 3857)) FROM mytable

It returns:

ERROR:  transform: couldn't project point (2.0841e+06 678457 0): latitude or longitude exceeded limits (-14)

Does anyone know what would be causing this error?

2 Answers 2


That coordinate set isn't in SRID 4326. If it was in 4326, it would look like a longitude / latitude pair. The error is telling you whats wrong - its expecting something in the range [-180...180, -90...90].

You need to figure out what the real source SRID is.

  • You're right. It turns out that the data wasn't projected upon import - it was just assigned the SRID. I re-imported it properly, and now it transforms fine. It being in the wrong spatial reference hadn't crossed my mind since the data displayed properly in QGIS and TileMill. Thanks.
    – Tanner
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 17:31

How about:

select st_transform(st_extent(geom,900913),4326) from mytable;

Or the way around:

select st_transform(st_extent(geom,4326),900913) from mytable;

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