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Public-images-osm logo.svg natural = spring
A place where ground water flows naturally from the ground
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: In use

A spring is a locally limited area where groundwater discharges at the surface from an underground aquifer.

Springs are generally small features located in a rural or mountainous environment, but may have major importance as the headwaters of streams and rivers.

A few of them may have a man made stone structure or fountain to gather the water for drinking purpose.

Some springs are impressive due to their high discharge, like the fontaine du Vaucluse. Especially in dry areas, springs are traditionally prominently marked on topographic maps.

Hot springs have temperatures significantly higher than the average air temperature of the surrounding region. A proposal for hot springs is under way also covering water characteristics.

How to Map

Add a node Node at the centre and tag it with natural=spring.

Use natural=water if there is a significant water pool around the spring, possibly with sport=swimming where appropriate.

Tags to use in combination

Proposed additions

Use water_characteristic=* to specify mineral, gas or other content if notable. This could be multivalued, but usually there is a main name giving characteristic which should the first value. See Proposed features/Hot Spring for details. Main values (please amend):

  • mineral - mineral salts
  • sulfuric
  • radon
  • mud
  • mineral, hot water, salty spring
  • intermittent or perennial
  • discharge
  • artesian well
  • resurgence

See also