ArcMap application error or Antarctica disappears when reprojecting

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Error Message

This problem is addressed in ArcGIS 8.1 Service Pack 1. See the Related Information section to download this pack.When reprojecting world data, Antarctica disappears or a fatal error occurs.


This is data-specific. In this case, the "bottom edge" of Antarctica is a two-point arc connecting -180,-90 and 180,-90. The clipping that occurs when reprojecting does not occur correctly.

Solution or Workaround

  1. Add two or more points to the polygon on the arc that is at -90 degrees latitude.
  2. Install Service Pack 1 for ArcGIS 8.1.

Article ID:000003961

  • ArcMap 8 x

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