bordersm documentation

bordersm plots National or US state boundaries on maps generated with Matlab's Mapping Toolbox. If you don't have Matlab's Mapping Toolbox, use borders instead.

Data are compiled from 2013 US Census Bureau 500k data and a thematicmapping.org TM World Borders 0.3 dataset.

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Syntax

bordersm
bordersm(place)
bordersm(...,LineProperty,LineValue)
bordersm(...,PatchProperty,PatchValue)
h = bordersm(...)
[lat,lon] = bordersm(place)

Description

bordersm plots national bordersm on a map.

bordersm(place) plots the bordersm of a place, which can be any country or US state. place may also be 'countries' to plot all national bordersm, 'states' to plot all US state bordersm, or 'Continental US' to plot only the continental United States (sorry Guam). Note: to plot the nation of Georgia, use 'Georgia'. To plot the US state of Georgia, specify 'Georgia.' with a period.

bordersm(...,LineProperty,LineValue) specifies linestyle or markerstyle.

bordersm(...,PatchProperty,PatchValue) outlines states or nations as patch objects if any property begins with 'face', (e.g., 'facecolor','red'). Note that plotting all countries as patches can be a bit slow.

h = bordersm(...) returns a handle h of plotted object(s).

[lat,lon] = bordersm(place) does not plot any bordersm, but returns arrays of their geographic coordinates.

Example 1: Very simple

To plot all national bordersm, just type bordersm:

bordersm

Or specify line properties like this (this makes country outlines black):

bordersm('countries','k')

Specifying facecolor or other patch properties switches from line plotting to patch object plotting.

bordersm('countries','facecolor',rgb('gray'))

Example 2: Red Russia, red Russia

To plot just one country, specify its name like this. Add Russia to the map as a big red patch:

bordersm('russia','facecolor','red')

Example 3: Continental US

Open a new figure and plot the continental United States oulined in black:

figure
bordersm('continental us','k')

Example 4: Fancy formatting

Let's turn Texas blue (Beto couldn't do it, but we sure can), give it a thick magenta outline, and give Nebraska a thick green outline. The labelbordersm function works just like the bordersm function.

bordersm('texas','facecolor','blue','edgecolor','m','linewidth',2)
bordersm('nebraska','g','linewidth',2)
labelbordersm('continental us','fontsize',6);
labelbordersm('Texas','color','r','backgroundcolor','y',...
    'fontangle','italic','fontsize',16)

Example 5: Georgia vs. Georgia.

There are two Georgias. To distinguish between them, I've placed a period at the end of the US state called Georgia. Let us compare:

figure
subplot(121)
bordersm 'georgia'
labelbordersm 'Georgia'
title 'This is a country!'

subplot(122)
bordersm 'georgia.'
labelbordersm 'Georgia.'
title 'This is a state!'

Example 6: More types of formatting

figure
bordersm('mexico','r:','linewidth',2)
hold on
bordersm('belize','facecolor','b','linestyle','-','linewidth',1)
labelbordersm('Mexico','color','r')
labelbordersm('Belize','color','m','fontangle','italic')

Author Info

The bordersm and labelbordersm functions were written by Chad A. Greene of the University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), April 2015. % This function is part of the Climate Data Toolbox for Matlab.