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Public-images-osm logo.svg natural = earth_bank
A gully (Budanova Gora) 1.jpg
Large erosion gully or steep earth bank. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: natural
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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Status: de facto

A steep earth bank is an abrupt change in ground level which can be clearly distinguished from its surroundings, e.g. large erosion gullies, and scraps. Unlike a natural=cliff, which is mainly rock, an natural=earth_bank is mainly comprised of soil or a mix of soil and stones.

Similar features
  • For small erosion gullies (1-2.5 meters in width and less), which are designated by a single line, use the natural=gully.
  • For man-made ditches, trenches use barrier=ditch or corresponding tags.
  • For natural bare rocky steep slope or wall use natural=cliff.

How to map

For a linear way, the top of the object should be on the left side of the way direction and the bottom on the right side. Way represents the top of the object. (rule is the same as for cliff and retaining_wall).

Types of earth bank

Optionally you can use one of the specifying tags:

Tag Description Photo
natural=earth_bank + earth_bank=gully large erosion gully. For a small erosion gully use natural=gully. Earth bank gully.jpg
natural=earth_bank + earth_bank=scarp scarp. Earth bank scarp.jpg
natural=earth_bank + earth_bank=cut_bank cut bank, river cliff. Earth bank cut bank.jpg
natural=earth_bank + earth_bank=grassy_steep_slope grassy steep slope, which can not be represented by SRTM or ASTER GDEM. Earth bank grassy steep slope.jpg

Tags used in combination

  • depth=* - In case of relatively constant depth it could be indicated in meters.
  • surface=* - Slope surface.


Objects are not currently rendered in OSM Carto. The following image shows an example of rendering by Maperitive:

Earth bank Maperitive sample.png

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