Tag:natural=riverbed

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Public-images-osm logo.svg natural = riverbed
Osm element tag.svg
Description
area of riverbed
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination

landcover=*, surface=*

Status: Draft

See also Wikipedia-16px.png Riverbed on Wikipedia

Not defined but is in use to describe the area of the riverbed together with other tags such as landcover=* or surface=*. As most rivers have fluctuating water levels this area would be typically larger than the area defined by riverbanks and encompass all areas regularly flooded and visibly formed by the river.

The river (waterway=river )and riverbanks (waterway=riverbank) need to be mapped in addition to the riverbed.

How to map

Most mappers draw riverbed as an area covering the complete area of the riverbed and river, while others prefer to tag only areas that are not under water.

There is currently no special rendering for riverbeds but some landcover=* and surface=* values are rendered (sand, pebbles, bare_rock, mud, shingles, scrub).