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Logo. Feature : Natural
One example for Feature : Natural
Used to describes natural physical land features, including ones that have been modified by humans.

The natural tag is used to describes wide variety of different physical features, which are often classified by the professional community into different categories. This article provides a summary of the broadest description of what features could be considered to be 'natural' within the context of a more detail classification system.



See also Conservation

boundary=protected_area, boundary=national_park

Vegetation or physical surface of the earth

natural=bare_rock, natural=fell, natural=glacier, natural=grassland, natural=heath, natural=mud, natural=scree, natural=sand, natural=scrub, natural=shingle,natural=tree, natural=wetland, natural=wood.

Physical world

See also: Geological

To describe the earth and significant geological features, as distinct from landcover. natural=bay, natural=beach, natural=cave_entrance, natural=cliff, natural=coastline, natural=peak, natural=volcano, natural=stone, geological=outcrop, waterway=stream, natural=water, waterway=waterfall, natural=wetland, landuse=salt_pond.


Many of the above features are areas and can either be created as a closed way or as a multipolygon, other such as rivers and streams are linear features and mapped as wayss and then there are the node features (such as trees). Some features, such as camp-sites, can be nodes of areas; others, including hedges, can be nodes or areas.

Where two area features meet (eg a where an area of grass area ends at a road) this can be done three ways: 1) the area uses new nodes close to the road. This is a commonly used and easy approach, but is not so accurate. Another approach, which is more accurate. is to use a enclosed way and have it share a line of nodes with the road. The best approach for large areas is to create a multipolygon from the ways that make up the edges of the feature, having split the ways that will make up the ways at an appropriate point.

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