I have a non-matplotlib related project that requires usage of GSHHS dataset shapefiles. The regular GSHHS dataset doesnt appear to include political boundaries, however the GSHHS dataset used by matplotlib/basemap does include country/border data. I'd like to extract matplotlib/basemap GSHHS country data & convert it to shapefile format.
specifically, the following files that are included with matplotlib/basemap: countries_c.dat countries_f.dat countries_h.dat countries_i.dat countries_l.dat countriesmeta_c.dat countriesmeta_f.dat countriesmeta_h.dat countriesmeta_i.dat countriesmeta_l.dat
how can I convert these files to shapefile format, or where can I get shapefiles that already include this data & that are based on the GSHHS coastline data?
please help, thanks, P.Romero
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