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Public-images-osm logo.svg barrier = embankment
Using this tag is discouraged, use man_made=embankment instead. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Restrictions
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Status: deprecated


barrier=embankment is sometimes used to map a slope or steep incline. This tag was not documented prior to 4/2019. Most features with this tag were imported into the database in 2011, before man_made=embankment was an established tag.

A better documented and supported tags this feature is man_made=embankment. As of April 2019, barrier=embankment is used 4750 times, but man_made=embankment has been used over 80,000 times.

Graph of usage of man_made=embankment vs barrier=embankment from 2010 to 2018

Related tags

  • man_made=embankment - more commonly used
  • embankment=* - used to indicate a raised road or other linear feature with embankments on both sides
  • cutting=* - the opposite situation with slopes towards the feature in question
  • natural=cliff - for vertical or near vertical drops of natural origin
  • barrier=retaining_wall - for a artificial vertical or near vertical built wall with a function similar to man_made=embankment
  • man_made=dyke - for an embankment (or levee) to redirect or prevent flooding by a river, lake or sea
  • natural=earth_bank - earth bank is an abrupt change in ground level which can be clearly distinguished from its surroundings
  • natural=gully - small scale cut in relief created by water erosion

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