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Public-images-osm logo.svg water = oxbow
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An oxbow lake Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: water
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: approvedPage for proposal

An oxbow lake is a U-shaped lake that forms when a wide meander from the main stem of a river is cut off, creating a free-standing body of water.

How to map

Draw the outline area of the oxbow lake and add natural=water + water=oxbow.


See also

  • water=lake - A natural or semi-natural body of relatively still fresh or salt water which is surrounded by land
  • water=pond - A small body of standing water, man-made in most cases
  • water=reservoir - An artificial lake which may be used to store water
  • water=river - The water covered area of a river