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Indicates the resource or mineral commodity related to a feature. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Landuse
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may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Documented values: 3
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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=clay 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

Others / differentiation

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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