I want to use .DEM files with GeoGraphics[]. For example, adding labels, or changing projections.

In my attempt, I import the example data from Wolfram.

Import["http://exampledata.wolfram.com/hailey.dem.gz", "ColorFunction" -> "DarkTerrain"]
data = Import["http://exampledata.wolfram.com/hailey.dem.gz", "Data"]
projection = Import["http://exampledata.wolfram.com/hailey.dem.gz", "Projection"]
spatialrange = Import["http://exampledata.wolfram.com/hailey.dem.gz", "SpatialRange"]

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Adapted from this question, I generate the spacing of each pixel,

{rows, cols} = Dimensions@data
{rd, cd} = Differences /@ spatialrange
{rd, cd}/{rows, cols}
rds = spatialrange[[1, 1]] + Flatten@Accumulate[Table[rd/rows, rows]] + rd[[1]]/2;
cds = spatialrange[[2, 1]] + Flatten@Accumulate[Table[cd/cols, cols]];

I now try to convert this to geodata.

geodata = MapIndexed[GeoGridPosition[{cds[[#2[[2]]]], rds[[#2[[1]]]]}, projection] -> #1 &, data, {2}] // Flatten;

Which fails with invalid projection specifications:

GeoGridPosition::invproj: Invalid projection specification {None, "ReferenceModel" -> {Quantity[6.3565838*^6, "Meters"], Quantity[6.3782064*^6, "Meters"]}}.

Is there a smarter way to do this? Why is the projection not valid?


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A solution is


Which can be combined with GeoGraphics



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It is very slow and not elegant. I might of been better creating some graphic that is stretched etc.


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