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Describes the surface of a feature as covered in small (parts of) seashells; commonly seen on footways and cycleways in the Netherlands. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
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should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: in use

Specifies that object, usually road is covered with (crushed/parts of) sea shells. The surface is usually initially somewhat coarse and loose, but becomes more solid as the shell fragments get smaller and compacted into the ground after some use.

This surface is often also tagged as surface=fine_gravel, but that is less specific (and does not comply with the wiki definition of that tag).

Other values that seem to be used are surface=crushed_shells, surface=crushed_shell, surface=seashell and surface=shell, but these seem to be a rare compared to surface=shells.

This tag is mostly used in the Netherlands.

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