[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Tag:natural=mesa and Tag:natural=butte
osm at imagico.de
Fri Apr 26 09:14:25 UTC 2019
On Friday 26 April 2019, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> I have created 2 proposal pages for natural=mesa and natural=butte
> A mesa is defined as "A flat-topped elevated landform surrounded by
> cliffs". A mesa may also be known as a table or tableland, potrero or
> tepui. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:mesa
> A butte is defined as "a hill with a flat top surrounded by cliffs."
> The width of the flat top is less than the relative height of the
> hill. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:butte
As i understand it a butte is not generally assumed to be flat topped in
common language use, the key elements here are height larger than width
and cliffs on all sides.
For mesas i already mentioned the fairly precise criterion that the
elevation variance along the top (or more precisely the derivation from
flatness - some amount of tilt in geology is fairly common) needs to be
significantly smaller than the overall height of the structure.
Combined with a firm requirement for cliffs on all sides this would
make a fairly precise definition.
In general for a successful tag explaining precisely and in detail how
the mapper can distinguish features the tag should be used for from
ones it should not be used for is key. Referring vaguely to Wikipedia
for details is not going to work, the actual meaning of the tag will
deviate from the Wikipedia description.
It should also be mentioned that these tags are not meant to be a
substitute for locally mapping the actual cliffs - which while by
definition surrounding the whole structure can be staggered of course.
For natural=plateau i don't see a chance of this becoming a meaningful
tag. Too much inherent vagueness in the very idea. If you'd try to
define it more precisely it would almost certainly be advisable to use
a different tag that is not misleading the mapper to have a much
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