[Tagging] Hot springs and Geysers

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 22 00:15:56 UTC 2018

On Mon, 22 Oct 2018 at 09:44, Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>

> There are now over 500 hot springs mapped with natural=hot_spring. The tag
> was proposed way back in 2008 but the proposal was never approved. Wiki:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:natural%3Dhot_spring
> Original proposal:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Hot_Spring

Yep, sounds like a good idea

> Some people have suggested tagging hot springs with natural=spring and a
> spring=hot subtag, but hot springs have a quite different geological origin
> and cultural significance. The wiki page for natural=spring has a link to
> hot spring:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:natural%3Dspring

Agree that hot spring & spring=hot are different

> Geysers are also tagged natural=geyser. They could be considered a type of
> spring, but they are also similar to a fumarole or volcanic vent, and I
> would be quite surprised to see a geyser mapped as a “spring”
> Wiki:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:natural%3Dgeyser

Notice that they also suggested using hot spring for mud. I would think
that bubbling mud puddles would be a different thing again?

> Thoughts on these tags? If natural=hot_springbkeeps climbing in use, we
> could start rendering it on the Openstreetmap-Carto style (“standard
> layer”) soon, if there is agreement on the tagging.


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