gives the geo positions that define the bounding rectangle enclosing the geo region g.


pads the region on all sides by an amount δ.


pads by a fractional amount s.

Details and Options

  • GeoBoundingBox[g] returns the respective GeoPosition[{lat,lon}] locations of the SW and NE corners of the area determined by g.
  • The geo region g may be given as a combination of GeoGraphics primitives, such as GeoDisk and GeoPath, geographic Entity[] and EntityClass[] objects, or individual GeoPosition locations.
  • For extended geographic entities, the "Polygon" property is used. For point-like entities, the "Position" property is used.
  • The option GeoModel specifies the model of the Earth or celestial body being used.


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Basic Examples  (4)

Get the corner coordinates of the bounding box enclosing the United States of America:

Bounding box enclosing a geo disk of 5000 kilometers of radius:

Bounding box enclosing the countries of Africa:

Extend the bounding box of the countries of Africa by 200 miles:

Scope  (7)

Bounding box of a set of GeoGraphics primitives:

Bounding box of entities and entity classes:

Bounding box determined by individual geo locations:

Bounding box of a country:

Extend the same angular distance in all directions:

Extend a geodetic distance instead:

A numeric padding is interpreted as a distance in meters:

Specify a padding distance relative to the geo range of the map:

Pad the latitude and longitude ranges differently:

Specify different paddings for each cardinal direction:

Locations of the Apollo landings on the Moon:

Extend the bounds by 1000 kilometers on the Moon's surface:

Options  (1)

GeoModel  (1)

To convert distances into angles, GeoBoundingBox needs to know the size of the spheroid being used, by default the "ITRF00" datum of the Earth:

The same geo disk on the Moon spans a much larger angular scale:

The default value GeoModel->Automatic means that the geo model can also be inferred from other parts of the input:

The information provided must be consistent:

Properties & Relations  (6)

GeoBoundingBox returns the SW and NE corners of the enclosing rectangle:

This corresponds to the following ranges of latitude and longitude:

GeoBounds directly returns those ranges:

The center of the bounding box of an extended entity approximates its "Position" property:

The bounding box is a rectangle in the cylindrical projections but not in other projection types:

GeoBoundingBox is idempotent:

The padding δ in GeoBoundingBox[g,δ] corresponds to the GeoRangePadding->δ option of GeoGraphics:

That coincides with these padded ranges:

Countries crossing the 180° meridian also return a continuous longitude range, beyond 180:

Wolfram Research (2014), GeoBoundingBox, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2015).


Wolfram Research (2014), GeoBoundingBox, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2015).


@misc{reference.wolfram_2020_geoboundingbox, author="Wolfram Research", title="{GeoBoundingBox}", year="2015", howpublished="\url{}", note=[Accessed: 03-March-2021 ]}


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Wolfram Language. 2014. "GeoBoundingBox." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2015.


Wolfram Language. (2014). GeoBoundingBox. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from