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I have a shapefile of lakes with lots of polygons. The area I'm interested in is only big lakes. Is there any way to subset only the polygons I interested from the shapefile? How can I do it in ARCGIS?

Thanks a lot

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    How do you know which features are 'big-lake'? is that present in some attribute? How do you define a 'big-lake'? – Devdatta Tengshe Dec 12 '13 at 3:30
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You can use the Select (Analsysis) tool which:

Extracts features from an input feature class or input feature layer, typically using a select or Structured Query Language (SQL) expression and stores them in an output feature class.

For your SQL expression use something like "Shape_Area" >= 10000 (or whatever threshold value you want to use)

  • Thank you very much PolyGeo. In this case, to select by attribute name was worked for me well. – Bandrush Barda Dec 12 '13 at 6:16

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