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Public-images-osm logo.svg natural
Biogradska suma.jpg
Used to describes natural physical land features, including ones that have been modified by humans.
Group: Natural
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Documented values: 224
Status: Approved


See also: Natural

Used to describe a selection of Geological and Landcover features.


Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo

Vegetation or surface related

natural wood Node Area Woodland where timber production does not dominate use. Be aware of landuse=forest. For more detail, one can use leaf_type=*.
Biogradska suma.jpg
natural tree_row Way Line of trees. Rendering-natural tree row-mapnik.png
Row of Poplar Trees - - 242206.jpg
natural tree Node Lone or significant trees.
natural scrub Node Area Uncultivated land covered with bushes or stunted trees.
Starr 010831-0015 Morella faya.jpg
natural heath Node Area Bare lower lying uncultivated land with bushes but little or no tree cover.
Note. This is not for parks whose name contains the word "heath".
Lüneburger Heide 080.jpg
natural moor Node Area Upland areas, characterised by low-growing vegetation on acidic soils. currently not rendered by mapnik
Moorland - - 384704.jpg
natural grassland Area Where vegetation is dominated by grasses (Poaceae) and other herbaceous (non-woody) plants, except for ornamental grass (see landuse=grass), mowing for hay, etc. (see landuse=meadow) and grazing (see landuse=pasture).
Surface grass.jpg
natural fell Node Area Habitat above tree line in alpine and subpolar regions, principally covered with uncultivated grass, low growing shrubs and mosses and sometimes grazed.
natural bare_rock Area An area with sparse or no vegetation, so that the bedrock becomes visible.
Bare rock.png
Coastal rock formation.jpg
natural scree Node Area Unconsolidated angular rocks formed by rockfall and weathering from adjacent rockfaces.
Scree render.png
natural shingle Node Area An accumulation of water-eroded rocks, usually pebbles and gravel, but sometimes larger.
Scree render.png
Vorderrhein Mundaun.JPG
natural sand Node Area Ground coverage of mostly silica particles, with no or very sparse vegetation. See natural=beach as well.
Kalabrien Ricadi Sandwellen 2129.jpg
natural mud Node Area (Other languages) Undocumented tag. Have a look at natural=wetland + subtag wetland=*
Death 12 bg 082303.jpg

Water related

natural water Node Area Lakes, etc.
Natural water.jpg
natural wetland Node Area Waterlogged area (on Wikipedia).
natural glacier Node Area Areas (or peaks) covered with ice throughout the year.
Rendering-Natural glacier OSM.png
natural bay Node Area A bay, a large body of water partially enclosed by land but with a wide mouth. (Other languages).
Rendering-natural bay-mapnik.png
natural beach Node Area A beach, a flat area of sand, gravel or pebble next to water (Other languages).
natural coastline Way The mean high water spring line between the sea and land (with the water on the right side of the way.)
natural spring Node A place where ground water flows naturally from the ground (Other languages).
La Sorgue, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.JPG

Landform related

natural peak Node Top of a hill or mountain (summit).
OSB Peak.png
natural volcano Node A volcano, either dormant, extinct or active.
Volcano 10.png
natural valley Node Way A valley. currently not rendered by mapnik
natural river_terrace Node Way A river terrace.
Тераса в долині Інгульця.jpg
natural ridge Way A ridge. currently not rendered by mapnik
North Ridge of Mount Rohr.jpg
natural arete Way An arête, a thin, almost knife-like, ridge of rock which is typically formed when two glaciers erode parallel U-shaped valleys. currently not rendered by mapnik
Arête nord du Rateau.jpg
natural cliff Node Way Area A cliff, a significant vertical, or near vertical, rock exposure (leave the lower face to the right of the way.)
natural saddle Node The lowest point along a ridge or between two mountain tops
Saddle img.png
natural rock Node Area A notable rock or group of rocks with connection to the ground. currently not rendered by mapnik
Gainfarn froschstein.jpg
natural stone Node Freestanding stone; e.g., glacial erratic. currently not rendered by mapnik
Big rock at saynatsalo.jpg
natural sinkhole Node Area A natural depression or hole in the surface topography. currently not rendered by mapnik
Rax doline.jpg
natural cave_entrance Node Area The entrance to a cave. Node:
Cave entrance.jpg
natural user defined Node Area All commonly used values according to Taginfo

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