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Indicates the resource or mineral commodity related to a feature. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: landuse
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Documented values: 4
Useful combination
Status: de facto


This list contains possible values for the resource tag. Editors should keep in mind the complexity, vagaries and contradictions of the resources industry. For example, heavy mineral sands mines provide the ore for a number of metals including titanium which comes from the mineral rutile. Rutile from the same mine may also be used as an industrial mineral (white pigment). So do you call it a heavy mineral sands, titanium or rutile mine? In this case I suggest listing rutile and the other mineral ores produced (commonly ilmenite and zircon).

Wikipedia was the main reference for this list.

List for quick reference (cover most mines)

Tag Image Description Wikipedia
resource=aggregate option includes clay, sand, pebble, gravel, crushed stone, recycled concrete and others, which may be used if it is a single resource  construction aggregate
resource=bauxite option aluminium ore  bauxite
resource=basalt option Basalt  Basalt
resource=clay option clay from  clay pits are used to make pottery and bricks. Old clay pits are often filled with water for recreational purposes.  clay
resource=coal option includes black coal, brown coal (lignite), anthracite, coking coal, steam coal. Peat is separated. It was discussed in the forum that coal should not be further distinguished.  coal
resource=copper option  copper
resource=dimension_stone option includes building stone, construction stone  dimension stone
resource=gold option  gold
resource=ilmenite option common mineral in heavy mineral sands mine  ilmenite
resource=iron_ore option includes hematite, magnetite, limonite, goethite and siderite  iron ore
resource=lead option  lead
resource=limestone option includes chalk  limestone
resource=nickel option  nickel
resource=rutile option common mineral in heavy mineral sands mine  rutile
resource=salt option  salt
resource=silver option  silver
resource=tin option  tin
resource=zinc option  zinc
resource=zircon option common mineral in heavy mineral sands mine, main ore of Zirconium  zircon

More comprehensive list

There are a number of metals not listed because they are only produced as a by-product. There are a large number of industrial minerals. Some major ones are listed below and more can be added. This list doesn't contain the already mentioned resources (quick reference list).

Tag Image Description Wikipedia
resource=antimony option  antimony
resource=arsenic option  arsenic
resource=asbestos option  asbestos
resource=barite option industrial mineral and ore of barium  baryte
resource=bastnäsite option ore of a number of rare earth elements (REE)  bastnäsite
resource=bentonite option  bentonite
resource=beryl option  beryl
resource=bismuth option mostly produced as a by product  bismuth
resource=bitumen option  bitumen
resource=borax option industrial mineral  borax
resource=boron option  boron
resource=bromide  bromide
resource=caesium option  caesium
resource=chromite option ore of chromium  chromite
resource=cobalt option  cobalt
resource=diamond option includes gem or industrial diamonds  diamond
resource=diatomite option also known as Diatomaceous earth or Kieselgur  diatomite
resource=dolomite option  dolomite
resource=feldspar option  feldspar
resource=fluorite option  fluorite
resource=garnet option  garnet
resource=granite option a common type of felsic intrusive igneous rock that is granular and phaneritic in texture  granite
resource=graphite option  graphite
resource=gypsum option  gypsum
resource=iodine option from caliche deposits  iodine
resource=jade option  jade
resource=kaolinite option  kaolinite
resource=lanthanum option main ores are monazite and bastnäsite  lanthanum
resource=lithium option  lithium
resource=magnesite option industrial mineral and ore of magnesium  magnesite
resource=magnesium option  magnesium
resource=manganese option  manganese
resource=marble option  marble
resource=mercury option main ore is cinnabar  mercury
resource=mica option  mica
resource=molybdenite option main ore of Molydbenum  molybdenite
resource=monazite option ore for a number of rare earth elements (REE)  monazite
resource=niobium option  niobium
resource=oil_sand  oil sands
resource=oil_shale option  oil shale
resource=opal option  opal
resource=palladium option  palladium
resource=peat option  peat
resource=perlite option  perlite
resource=phosphate  phosphate
resource=potash option  potash
resource=platinum option  platinum
resource=radium option  radium
resource=ruby option  ruby
resource=rubidium option  rubidium
resource=sapphire option  sapphire
resource=scandium option  scandium
resource=silica option including quartz  silicon dioxide
resource=sodium carbonate option  sodium carbonate
resource=spongolite option  spongolite
resource=strontium option  strontium
resource=sulphur option  sulphur
resource=talc option  talc
resource=terbium option  terbium
resource=tantalum option  tantalum
resource=topaz option  topaz
resource=tungsten option ores include wolframite and scheelite  tungsten
resource=uranium option includes yellow cake  uranium
resource=vanadium option  vanadium
resource=vermiculite option  vermiculite
resource=wollastonite option  wollastonite
resource=yttrium option  yttrium
resource=zeolite option  zeolite


  • Base metals, don't use, list as individual metals; e.g. lead;zinc;silver
  • Chromium, list as chromite which is the only ore of chromium
  • Heavy mineral sand, list as individual minerals; e.g. ilmenite;rutile;zircon
  • Iron, see iron_ore
  • Molybdenum, see molybdenite
  • REE, rare earth elements list individual minerals/metals where possible
  • Titanium, use rutile
  • Zirconium, use zircon

See also

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