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Why limit this to large areas?

How shall we tag small areas "covered with sand including beach, raised beach [1], island [2] or dunes. "? I propose to delete the word "large" -- Dieterdreist 22:54, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, also small areas should be natural=sand. For big areas there is also already natural=beach and surface=sand. --westfa 15:13, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

This is definitely needed

When can this get voted on?? wbski

Agreed: just look at any good estuary map, there's lots of areas specifically marked as mud or sand; the difference is important to many groups of map user. Natural=sand can render the same as beach, yellow speckles. Andygates


Beaches can already be tagged more specifically with natural=beach and surface=sand. --Kaitu 20:57, 1 April 2010 (UTC)


I'd use landcover=sand. This can also be combined with beaches. -- Dieterdreist 15:04, 5 November 2010 (UTC)


As stated bunkers are "*artificial* sand areas". The sand used has been transported hundreds of miles, bleach cleaned & desalinated. Using natural=sand was 'tagging incorrectly to suit the renderer'. As golf features are now mapped on the 'standard' rendering, this should be rescinded in favour of surface=sand.--DaveF63 (talk) 19:49, 6 November 2021 (UTC)

I would like to make a reminder: natural=* is not about what's "natural" or "artificial" in common words. Sand, water, trees, hills, etc, all fall under natural=* features in OSM, regardless of their origin and existence.
Talk:Tag:leisure=golf_course#Added_natural=sand_for_things_that_are_sand_i.e._bunkers is a better argument for its attribution and purpose.
----- Kovposch (talk) 08:45, 7 November 2021 (UTC)

Baseball infields

This page currently states that tagging baseball infields as sand is considered tagging for the renderer and should instead be tagged as "surface=dirt". This strikes me as poor guidance. Although baseball infields are generally referred to as having a "dirt" surface, this is often a misnomer. Commercially produced infield "dirt," the kind that is used for well-maintained baseball fields in public parks, schools, sports academies, and the like, is usually 60-80 percent sand. Sand is used to promote drainage and to prevent the infield from turning into a mud pit or becoming rutted due to rain and erosion. Tagging an infield as "surface=dirt" or "surface=earth" would be appropriate for untreated baseball fields where the infield is mostly dirt or exposed earth, but I'd say that "natural=sand" is perfectly reasonable and probably more accurate in cases where the infield has been treated with manufactured infield topping that is mostly sand. Those who map purposefully landscaped baseball infields as sand are likely selecting a tag that better describes the actual or most likely composition of the infield topping rather than mapping for the renderer. --Sannkc (talk) 05:50, 12 July 2023 (UTC)