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Biogradska suma.jpg
Used to describes natural physical land features, including ones that have been modified by humans. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Natural
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Documented values: 80
Status: de facto

The natural key is used to describe wide variety of physical geography, geological and landcover features, including ones that have been modified by humans.


Key Value Element Comment carto Rendering Photo

Vegetation or surface related

natural wood node area Tree-covered area (a 'forest' or 'wood'). Also see landuse=forest. For more detail, one can use leaf_type=* and leaf_cycle=*.
Biogradska suma.jpg
natural tree_row way A line of trees.
Rendering-natural tree row-mapnik.png
Row of Poplar Trees - - 242206.jpg
natural tree node A single tree.
natural scrub node area Uncultivated land covered with shrubs, bushes or stunted trees.
Starr 010831-0015 Morella faya.jpg
natural heath node area A dwarf-shrub habitat, characterised by open, low growing woody vegetation, often dominated by plants of the Ericaceae.
Note. This is not for parks whose name contains the word "heath".
Lüneburger Heide 080.jpg
natural moor node area Don't use, see wikipage. Upland areas, characterised by low-growing vegetation on acidic soils. currently not rendered by openstreetmap-carto
Moorland - - 384704.jpg
natural grassland area Areas where the vegetation is dominated by grasses (Poaceae) and other herbaceous (non-woody) plants. For mown/managed grass see landuse=grass, for hay/pasture see landuse=meadow.
Surface grass.jpg
natural fell node area Habitat above the tree line covered with grass, dwarf shrubs and mosses. No, see #545.
natural bare_rock area An area with sparse or no vegetation, so that the bedrock becomes visible.
Bare rock.png
Coastal rock formation.jpg
natural scree node area Unconsolidated angular rocks formed by rockfall and weathering from adjacent rockfaces.
Scree render.png
natural shingle node area An accumulation of rounded rock fragments on a beach or riverbed
Scree render.png
Vorderrhein Mundaun.JPG
natural sand node area An area covered by sand with no or very little vegetation. See natural=beach and natural=dune as well.
Kalabrien Ricadi Sandwellen 2129.jpg
natural mud node area Area covered with mud: water saturated fine grained soil without significant plant growth. Also see natural=wetland + wetland=*
Death 12 bg 082303.jpg

Water related

natural water area Any body of water, from natural such as a lake or pond to artificial like moat or canal. Also see waterway=riverbank
Natural water.jpg
natural wetland area A natural area subject to inundation or with waterlogged ground, further specified with wetland=*
natural glacier node area A permanent body of ice formed naturally from snow that is moving under its own weight.
natural bay node area An area of water mostly surrounded by land but with a level connection to the ocean or a lake.
Rendering-natural bay-mapnik.png
Lowlandman's Bay, Jura - - 25388.jpg
natural cape node A piece of elevated land sticking out into the sea or large lake. Includes capes, heads, headlands and (water) promontories.
Provincetown Spit Cape Cod.jpg
natural strait node area A narrow area of water surrounded by land on two sides and by water on two other sides.
Rendering-natural strait.png
ISS054-E-53958 (Strait of Dover).jpg
natural beach node area landform along a body of water which consists of sand, shingle or other loose material
natural coastline way The mean high water springs line between the sea and land (with the water on the right side of the way.)
natural reef area A feature (rock, sandbar, coral, etc) lying beneath the surface of the water
Vanatinai, Louisiade Archipelago.jpg
natural spring node A place where ground water flows naturally from the ground (Other languages).
La Sorgue, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.JPG
natural hot_spring node A spring of geothermally heated groundwater
Grand prismatic spring.jpg
natural geyser node A spring characterized by intermittent discharge of water ejected turbulently and accompanied by steam.
Strokkur, Iceland.jpg

Landform related

natural peak node The top (summit) of a hill or mountain.
natural dune node way area A hill of sand formed by wind, covered with no or very little vegetation. See also natural=sand and natural=beach currently not rendered by openstreetmap-carto
Ayres dunes, Isle of Man.jpg
natural hill node A hill. currently not rendered by openstreetmap-carto
Good binsey.jpg
natural volcano node An opening exposed on the earth's surface where volcanic material is emitted.
natural valley node way A natural depression flanked by ridges or ranges of mountains or hills currently not rendered by openstreetmap-carto
natural ridge way A mountain or hill linear landform with a continuous elevated crest
North Ridge of Mount Rohr.jpg
natural arete way An arête, a thin, almost knife-like, ridge of rock which is typically formed when two glaciers erode parallel U-shaped valleys.
Arête nord du Rateau.jpg
natural cliff node way area A vertical or almost vertical natural drop in terrain, usually with a bare rock surface (leave the lower face to the right of the way).
Natural cliff-125.png
natural saddle node The lowest point along a ridge or between two mountain tops
Saddle img.png
natural isthmus node area A narrow strip of land, bordered by water on both sides and connecting two larger land masses.
Isthme de Langlade.jpg
natural peninsula node area A piece of land projecting into water from a larger land mass, nearly surrounded by water
Shimabara Peninsula Japan SRTM.jpg
natural rock node area A notable rock or group of rocks attached to the underlying bedrock. currently not rendered by openstreetmap-carto
Gainfarn froschstein.jpg
natural stone node A single notable freestanding rock, which may differ from the composition of the terrain it lies in.; e.g., glacial erratic. currently not rendered by openstreetmap-carto
Big rock at saynatsalo.jpg
natural sinkhole node area A natural depression or hole in the surface topography. currently not rendered by openstreetmap-carto
Rax doline.jpg
natural cave_entrance node area The entrance to a cave: a natural underground space large enough for a human to enter. Node:
natural user defined node area All commonly used values according to Taginfo

This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.

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See also