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A GEOMETRYCOLLECTION is a collection of heterogeneous spatial objects, such as Points, LineStrings, Polygons, or other GEOMETRYCOLLECTIONs. It provides a way of referring to a group of spatial objects as one "thing" so that you can operate on it/them more conveniently using various SQL functions.

You can also store a GEOMETRYCOLLECTION with the following additional dimensions:

  • A third dimension coordinate Z (GEOMETRYCOLLECTIONZ).
  • A measure coordinate M (GEOMETRYCOLLECTIONM).
  • Both a third dimension and a measure coordinate (GEOMETRYCOLLECTIONZM).

The Z and M dimensions can be accessed or modified using a number of built-in functions, including:

  • ST_Z
  • ST_M
  • ST_Affine
  • ST_Zmflag
  • ST_MakePoint
  • ST_MakePointM
  • ST_Force3D
  • ST_Force3DZ
  • ST_Force3DM
  • ST_Force4D
  • ST_Snap
  • ST_SnapToGrid
  • ST_RotateZ
  • ST_AddMeasure

Note that CockroachDB's spatial indexing is still based on the 2D coordinate system. This means that:

  • The Z/M dimension is not index accelerated when using spatial predicates.
  • Some spatial functions ignore the Z/M dimension, with transformations discarding the Z/M value.


A GeometryCollection can be created from SQL by calling the st_geomfromtext function on a GeometryCollection definition expressed in the Well Known Text (WKT) format as shown below.

SELECT ST_GeomFromText('GEOMETRYCOLLECTION(POINT(0 0), LINESTRING(0 0, 1440 900), POLYGON((0 0, 0 1024, 1024 1024, 1024 0, 0 0)))');
(1 row)

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