[Tagging] Hot springs

fly lowflight66 at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 3 19:14:42 UTC 2014

On 03.03.2014 13:53, nounours77 wrote:
>> I have significantly changed https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Hot_Spring
>> with the intention to revive the proposal - thanks for any comments and enhancments.
> Dear Richard,
> thanks for your initiative. I agree with your arguments why a specific tag "natural=hot_spring" 
> is better than "natural=spring" and "temp=*". It is something different.
> Not sure about the word "consistence" which looks strange to me (but I'm not native). And also not
> very sure about the values: E.g. "mineral" - every spring contains
minerals, the interesting point > is which and how much. "sulfuric" -
just a special case of "mineral" - why pick this one and not
> the others
> Just asking, not being specialist for hot_springs so cannot bring a solution. But would like to 
> have them als on OSM, so I can go and jump in if I happen to drive by,
it is so relaxing!!!

Well, think it might get tricky. I know places where you will find
several springs right next to each other. Some are hot, some are warm
and some are cold. All have different contents not depending on the

If you it is save to take a bath or even drink the water does not really
depend on the temperature either.

Even in hot places/areas it might get cold at night and I remember it
was fun bathing in ~45°C hot water in Africa at midnight though the air
temperature was below 15°C.

Another point is the use of sports=swimming which is way to general
defined so far and should not be used for every places where you can go
swimming but for places with some infrastructure.
Well, please think about adding water=* and removing sports=swimming
from the part about lakes/ponds.

All together, I am not really sure if it is smart to split springs by

cu fly

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