[Tagging] surface=ground/dirt/earth

Fernando Trebien fernando.trebien at gmail.com
Thu Mar 13 14:37:18 UTC 2014

But do you think that earth and ground are different kinds of surface?

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM, fly <lowflight66 at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On 13.03.2014 10:34, jonathan wrote:
>> Here's my take from an Englishman!
>> While the term dirt road is used here, it is much rarer as all public
>> (adopted) roads in the UK are paved in some way shape or form.  Most
>> dirt roads are probably private roads, farm tracks or paths.
>> Now, back to the original question.  I totally agree with Fernando,
>> these classifications are confusing. In English English they pretty well
>> mean the same thing. We should look to rationalise them.
> How do you tag hiking paths which do not lead across grass or solid rock ?
> I use ground in these cases and if the surfaces changes every few metres
> between natural underground (from tree needles to rocks)
>> However, remember the surface tag is used elsewhere other than
>> roads/tracks where there may be some distinction, although I can't
>> imagine what the distinction may be.
> Exactly, how about unpaved sports` pitch and tracks (clay or dirt ?).
>> In general English usage there meanings rely on context but in this
>> context of describing a base surface to something I would go with dirt
>> to mean a loose surface, unpaved, water permeable, degradable surface.
>> Ground and earth are just too vague to be of any use.
> That is one major problem of vague descriptions and of overlapping meanings.
> I would always use unpaved.
> I consider dirt as a mixture of earth, mud and little rocks or thin
> gravel where I am not able to distinguish between earth or mud and where
> it is not ground as it differs from the surrounding underground.
> My 2 ct from a non-native speaker.
> fly
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