|landuse = quarry|
|area of land used for surface extraction (open-pit mining)|
|Rendering in OSM Carto|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
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
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.
- 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 or
- A quarry mapped as an area is rendered on OpenStreetMap Carto as
Inactive and former quarries
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.
- man_made=embankment - an artificial slope often encircling a quarry
- man_made=spoil_heap - a pile of waste material removed during mining
- man_made=tailings_pond - area used for storing tailings - leftovers of mineral processing
- Proposed features/Surface Mining
- For underground mining, see:
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