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Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse = quarry
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area of land used for surface extraction (open-pit mining) Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: Landuse
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: de facto


A quarry is an area of land used for surface extraction (open-pit mining) of mineral or organic resources like rocks, gravel, sand, soil, clay, ore, coal or peat.

How to map

Place a node node or draw an area area around the quarry, and tag it as landuse=quarry.

When used on areas this tag should only be applied to the area in which actual mining is performed. Connected areas like ore processing facilities or machine maintenance areas should usually be tagged landuse=industrial.

Additional tags

  • name=* - the name of the quarry
  • operator=* - the company operating the quarry
  • resource=* - the resource being extracted


  • The standard symbols used widely internationally for a quarry mapped as a node are Mine1.svgor Quarry.svg
  • A quarry mapped as an area is rendered on OpenStreetMap Carto as Rendering-landuse-quarry-mapnik.png

Inactive and former quarries

Quarries that are out of use but still carry many characteristics of a quarry may be tagged as landuse=quarry and disused=yes.

Quarries that are out of use for a longer time and not any more clearly recognized as a quarry shall not be mapped as landuse=quarry but only with lifecycle prefix abandoned: while the scarps may be mapped with man_made=embankment. It is also common to map them as historic=quarry Maybe it's meaningful to use note=*, description=* or the like to transport further information, e.g. that this structure has been a quarry.

Note that "quarry" in English language refers not only to active quarries - see for example "A place, typically a large, deep pit, from which stone or other materials are or have been extracted." at Lexico.

See also

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