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Why is my geometry out of bounds?

Learn about digital map boundaries.

CARTO Builder gives you the ability to draw geometry on a map. You might encounter an error like this when drawing:

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CARTO stores point, line and polygon coordinates in the_geom column, in EPSG:4326 projection. That error happens when the point or vertex you are drawing falls outside of the projected map’s boundaries.

All features in a digital map fall within -180 and 180 decimal degrees of longitude, and within -90 and 90 latitude. When you zoom out far enough to see more than one set of continents, that means CARTO has automatically repeated the area within [180, 90],[-180, -90] bounds in order to fill the Map View.

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If you draw geometry within bounds and zoom out to level 1, you will see that your geometry is automatically repeated also.

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For a general introduction to cartographic concepts visit this resources page in our Help Center.