[Tagging] Coastline around a bridge?

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Wed Oct 3 22:56:51 BST 2012


Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:

> Wouldn't they be seas due to their size?
> 
> On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Brad Neuhauser wrote:
> 
> > The Great Lakes in North America are freshwater lakes that are
> tagged as
> > coastline.
> >
> > On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 8:33 AM, Frank Steggink
> <steggink at steggink.org<javascript:_e({}, 'cvml',
> 'steggink at steggink.org');>
> > > wrote:
> >
> >> No, the bridge, called Hollandse Brug, is not a dam, although the
> bridge
> >> separates two waterbodies. The one to the northwest is called the
> >> Markermeer, and the other one is called Gooimeer.
> >>
> >> https://www.google.nl/search?**q=hollandse+brug&ie=utf-8&oe=**
> >>
> utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-**US:official&client=firefox-a<https://www.google.nl/search?q=hollandse+brug&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a>
> >>
> >> On the other hand, the Houtribdijk (dijk Enkhuizen-Lelystad) is a
> dam,
> >> but that is not indicated by the coastline. See
> >> http://osm.org/go/0E7zb56-- The waterbody to the northeast is
> called the
> >> IJsselmeer (IJssel lake), and to the southwest is the Markermeer
> again.
> >>
> >> I think that the big lakes (IJsselmeer and Markermeer) should be
> tagged
> >> as coastline. They form a distinct part of the outline of the
> Netherlands.
> >> The Gooimeer, and the other lakes bordering Flevoland (like
> Veluwemeer,
> >> etc.) are not.
> >>
> >> Actually, that would be tagging for the renderer, which is bad.
> (The
> >> bigger lakes are freshwater lakes.) Shouldn't coastlines be
> reserved for
> >> the coasts of seas and oceans only?
> >>

English almost always refers to a large body of fresh water as a lake; the only exception that comes to mind is the Sea of Galilee, and that is probably a direct translation from Latin.

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John F. Eldredge --  john at jfeldredge.com
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