Basemap - coastlines overlay question

James Boyle wrote:

Thanks Jeff, it works.
where is the reference to explain exactly what 'zorder' does and its proper use?


Jim: See in the examples - the comments explain it pretty well. I've cut and pasted below:

The default drawing order for axes is patches, lines, text. This
order is determined by the zorder attribute. The following defaults
are set

Artist Z-order
Patch / PatchCollection 1
Line2D / LineCollection 2
Text 3

You can change the order for individual artists by setting the zorder. Any
individual plot() call can set a value for the zorder of that particular item.

In the fist subplot below, the lines are drawn above the patch
collection from the scatter, which is the default.

In the subplot below, the order is reversed.

The second figure shows how to control the zorder of individual lines.



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