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I know one can name points, which is used in naming places, hamlets, etc.

Is there a way to specify a name for a valley, or a mountain ridge, which usually extend for a few kilometers. In printed maps, these usually show up a long, spaced names along the running of the valley.

compare (the original) versus this mockup:

asked 18 Oct '10, 23:06

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Alexander Ro...
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edited 19 Oct '10, 00:01

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Andy Allan

There is 2 points in your question.

1 - Tagging - How tag natural region area ?

There is not tagging schema yet. Some old proposals are available, but no really in use :

This kind of place are often fuzzy.

2 - Map display

Display problem depends on renderer, there is many renderer and many way to do this job. Look at Renderer on wiki

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answered 19 Oct '10, 09:34

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I have been asking myself about this too as it's interesting for watersheds (maybe someday mapping of watersheds and natural landforms will be well integrated to OSM). The tags natural=ridge and natural=valley are now documented on the wiki and have a fair number of use, so I'm going for them.

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answered 12 Jun '18, 18:31

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I have been using natural=ridge and natural=valley along with name=* to map ridges and valleys/canyons.

Not sure what renderers are picking that up, but the maps that I make for myself render ways tagged that way.

(13 Jun '18, 00:50) n76

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