[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Tag:natural=mesa and Tag:natural=butte

Andrew Harvey andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 27 12:47:39 UTC 2019

I think more needs to be done to distinguish when to use natural=plateau vs
natural=mesa. I know a number of landforms which have the name Plateau and
are exactly "an flat-topped landform that is elevated above the surrounding
terrain and surrounded by cliffs.".

On Sat, 27 Apr 2019 at 20:32, Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>

> I agree that this isn't a very specific tag. I don't intend to do
> anything else with the natural=plateau proposal page, but since the
> tag is already in use I wanted to suggest that it only be used for
> nodes, since mapping plateaus as an area isn't verifiable. Currently
> some mappers are using it on areas, and it would be good to have a
> wiki page that suggests tagging on nodes only. Also, it shows why the
> more precise natural=mesa and natural=butte tags are needed, instead
> of just using natural=plateau for all of them.

I've used natural=plateau on area ways. I think this is highly recommended
as I've mentioned before is needed for reverse geocoding (to know if you're
on the plateau or not) and to aid map making (so you can label the feature
based on size).

It's 100% verifiable where the plateau is an elevated landform surrounded
by mostly cliffs, it's pretty clear the extend of the plateau.
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