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Public-images-osm logo.svg natural = shingle
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An accumulation of rounded rock fragments on a beach or riverbed Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
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Group: natural
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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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 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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