Tag:natural=sand

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Public-images-osm logo.svg natural = sand
Kalabrien Ricadi Sandwellen 2129.jpg
Description
An area covered by sand with no or very little vegetation
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
See also
Status: Proposed

Description

An area covered by loose Wikipedia-16px.png sand with no or very little vegetation. Sand is usually understood to be fine grained loose rock material with grain sizes between 0.0625 mm and 2 mm. Naturally sand occurs mostly as either wind blown deposits (sand deserts, dunes) or deposited by water on beaches or in form of sandbanks in the sea or in rivers.

How to map

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To map an area of sand you can just draw a line closing on itself, marking the area of sand and tag it natural=sand. To map large sand covered areas you can use Relation:multipolygon with the same tag.

Mapping caveats

This tag should not be used for:

  • beaches, i.e. stretches of sand at the coast formed by wave action from the ocean - use natural=beach + surface=sand instead.
  • bare ground areas with a significant fraction of finer (silt, clay) or coarser material (gravel, scree, shingle) - for some of these other tags exist (natural=scree, natural=shingle)
  • underwater sandbanks - use natural=shoal instead.
  • solidified sand, i.e. sandstone - use natural=bare_rock instead.
  • coarse mapping of larger non-vegetated areas, i.e. deserts - use natural=desert instead.
  • individual dunes in a larger sand covered area - use natural=dune instead.

If used for artificial sand areas like golf courses make sure to apply the appropriate tags indicating the purpose (like golf=bunker).

Rendering

Rendering-area-sand.png Currently rendered in Mapnik in uniform yellow color.

See also