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An area with sparse or no vegetation, so that the bedrock becomes visible Edit or translate this description.
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Group: Natural
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: approvedPage for proposal



An area of bare rock is sparsely vegetated or not vegetated at all, so that the solid bedrock becomes visible.

Areas to tag could be

  • high altitude mountain areas where the rock lays bare, like summits, aretes and rock faces, but not scree, shingle or moraines.
  • rocky coasts
  • rocky areas in uplands, desert and polar regions
  • outcrops like open pit mines or road cuts
  • monolithic mountains like Uluru (Ayers Rock).

How to map

To map an area of bare rock you can just draw a line closing on itself, marking the area as bare rock. To map larger or more complex areas you can use Relation:multipolygon with the same tag.

It can be mapped as a node (if there is no way to map it as a geometry), especially when someone wants to map name or some other additional properties. But mapping as an area is strictly preferable.


Rendering example

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See also

  • natural=cliff - steep natural drop in terrain topography
  • natural=scree - loose angular rock fragments formed by rockfall and weathering from adjacent rockfaces
  • natural=shingle - rounded rock fragments on a beach or riverbed, deposited and shaped by movement of water
  • natural=stone - large boulders (glacial erratics or rock fall) not attached to the bedrock, mainly single node element
  • natural=rock - isolated, notable rock features connected to the bedrock, mainly single node element
  • natural=glacier - glacier areas

Possible Tagging Mistakes

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