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Is anyone able to explain why a large body of water, in OSM, is called lake even if its a sea ? A stream and river have a limit at < 3,00 m. But what about a canal or basin they are also falsely defined as lake. I didnt find any definitions in the wiki, so Im wondering is its the m2 or width of the water or what else ? Greetz Hendrik Mapping in P2

asked 04 Oct '12, 12:56

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Re "what about a canal or basin they are also falsely defined as lake" we'd need to know what actual tags are you asking about, and it would also be helpful to know the actual location.

The name for Potlatch 2's preset for the tag "natural=water" is "lake", but realistically "natural=water" covers much more than just what in English would be termed a "lake".

Re "A stream and river have a limit at < 3,00 m. " - whereabouts are you seeing that statement?

(04 Oct '12, 13:56) SomeoneElse ♦

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