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st: working with shapefiles converted into dta


From   "Shelob1985@libero.it" <Shelob1985@libero.it>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: working with shapefiles converted into dta
Date   Sun, 12 Apr 2009 19:35:02 +0200 (CEST)

Hi everybody. 
I have a dta database which contains the indication of latitude and longitude 
of, say, South American mineral ores. I have to find out in which country of 
South America each mineral ore is located. Now, I could look up each single 
point on google earth or something, but suppose I have a shapefile of South 
America which records also the boundaries of states, by means of latitude and 
longitude data. Is there any way I can use Stata to assign each data point to 
the country in which it falls? 
I know I may go a little off topic since perhaps my issue can only be 
addressed with a GIS software....
Thanks,

Sheila
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