| place = island
|An island is any piece of land that is completely surrounded by water and isolated from other significant landmasses.|
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An island is any piece of land that is completely surrounded by water and isolated from other significant landmasses.
Islands in the sea
Groups of islands
Islands in waterways and lakes
Island within lakes or rivers should be mapped using multipolygon relations. The way for the island should be given the role inner, while the way for lake or river should have the role outer.
A small island (Eiland), with max. area of 1 km² , and only a few buildings (or none), located near by a bigger island or to the onshore, is drawed like a big island, but tagged with:
- Exemple: Beginish
if an island is in the middle of the sea and far away of other islands, cause the prominent meaning it will be tagged as "island".
- Exemple: Wake
Differentation "Island" and "Islet"
The openstreetmap.org Standard layer uses a different method to render coastlines. It takes up to a day before changes to the coastline are seen in the tiles. For more details, see Coastline.
If you place an island on dry land, you shouldn't expect water to magically appear around the island.
Adding this tag to an island will place an italicized label on it.