[Tagging] Areas of bare soil (clay, silt, loam) such as badlands?

Mark Wagner mark+osm at carnildo.com
Sun Oct 20 21:55:26 UTC 2019

On Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:19:10 +0900
Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:

> How should areas of bare soil, such as badlands, be tagged?
> Currently there are documented tags for dry areas of bedrock, stones
> and sand:
> natural=bare_rock, natural=shingle,  natural=scree, and natural=sand
> For tidal areas, beaches and wetlands there's also natural=beach,
> natural=shoal and wetland=mud
> However, there's no documented, common tag for dry areas of exposed
> clay, silt or mixed soil.
> natural=badlands has been used 5 times, but this is rather specific
> and may not be well-known outside of North America:
> https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/natural=badlands

"Badlands" is a specific landform.  It's not sufficient for the area to
be clear of vegetation; it needs to be heavily eroded, making it "a bad
place to travel".


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