- cartopy.io.shapereader.natural_earth(resolution='110m', category='physical', name='coastline')¶
Return the path to the requested natural earth shapefile, downloading and unzipping if necessary.
To identify valid components for this function, either browse NaturalEarthData.com, or if you know what you are looking for, go to https://github.com/nvkelso/natural-earth-vector/tree/master/zips to see the actual files which will be downloaded.
Some of the Natural Earth shapefiles have special features which are described in the name. For example, the 110m resolution “admin_0_countries” data also has a sibling shapefile called “admin_0_countries_lakes” which excludes lakes in the country outlines. For details of what is available refer to the Natural Earth website, and look at the “download” link target to identify appropriate names.