Proposed features/Massif

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Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: pshunter
Tagging: natural=massif
Applies to: area
Definition: Group of mountains
Rendered as: undecided
Drafted on: 2009-02-07
RFC start: 2009-02-11
Vote start: *
Vote end: *


A massif is a geological structure smaller than a tectonic plate. The term is usually used to refer to a group of mountains.

  • In spoken language, a massif is also often used as a synonym of a "mountain range" Mountain range. But I'd like this proposal to be more clear about what kind of mountain range and/or massif it is about.


natural=massif The boundaries of massifs are not defined clearly. The fuzziness of the boundary could be denoted by using the fuzzy tag. Massifs are huge areas, therefore it will usually be better to use a multipolygon relation. However the fuzzy tags should remain on the individual ways in the relation since the fuzziness can sometimes vary.

See also

This is part of a group of proposals to include areas that are not easy to define accurately:



areas with usage names


On classical maps the areas will not be rendered. However the general shape should be used to correctly render the name of the structure. It can be spread or extended across the area if it covers a large part of the display. If the feature covers the entire display, the renderer could not display the name at all, since it would be obvious (e.g don’t display «the Alps» when looking at Mont Blanc).


Please discuss on the talk page --Pshunter 14:26, 7 February 2009 (UTC)


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