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An accumulation of rounded rock fragments on a beach or riverbed Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in OSM Carto
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Group: Natural
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Status: de facto

Shingle is an accumulation of rounded rock fragments, usually pebbles and gravel, but sometimes larger, deposited and shaped by movement of water. It is used in two contexts: shingle beach and river shingle.

In contrast to natural=scree which results from rockfall and in-situ weathering shingle is produced by water transport. The water flow in a river or the waves at a coast transport and segregate rock fragments and deposit them according to water currents. As a result, the rock fragments are usually well-rounded and lack sharp corners and edges. They can vary in size between millimetres and centimetres. The English term “shingle” illustrates that — due to the water flow — gravel deposits often are aligned like roof tiles.

For finer grains (< 2 mm) use natural=sand.

How to map


To map an area of shingle you can just draw a line closing on itself, marking the area of shingle and tag it natural=shingle. To map larger or more complex areas you can use Relation:multipolygon with the same tag.


Braided river outwash plain with extensive patches of river shingle


Currently rendered in OSM standard layer like natural=scree in bright gray-brown colour with a dot pattern at high zoom levels.

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