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I did this GeoNames query

http://api.geonames.org/search?featureCode=PRK&username=genadinik&country=MX&style=full&maxRows=10

and it says there are only 73 parks in all of Mexico. Am I doing something wrong, or GeoNames mostly covers the United States?

Thanks!

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http://www.geonames.org/statistics/mexico.html

Area Features (parks,area, ...)

Parks 71

71 L.PRK park an area, often of forested land, maintained as a place of beauty, or for recreation

65 L.AREA area a tract of land without homogeneous character or boundaries

51 L.LCTY locality a minor area or place of unspecified or mixed character and indefinite boundaries

8 L.SALT salt area a shallow basin or flat where salt accumulates after periodic inundation

6 L.RGN region an area distinguished by one or more observable physical or cultural characteristics

5 L.RES reserve a tract of public land reserved for future use or restricted as to use

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Thanks, but I still don't understand why all those options bring back such small numbers of results. I am expecting there to be thousands of diff parks and fields there since it is a large country. –  Genadinik May 31 '11 at 16:21
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Geonames is sparse in certain countries - you might be better of using OpenStreetMap (wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Mexico) or commercial data vendor (Navteq or TeleAtlas) –  Mapperz May 31 '11 at 16:35
    
@Mappertz I was playing with the OpenStreetMap link you showed me, but I think I don't understand how I'd get the parks out of it. Under the park section, there isn't much. –  Genadinik May 31 '11 at 19:05
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Yes, Geonames is sparse indeed in certain areas. For example, it's cities1000.txt file (all cities with a population > 1000 people) doesn't list my current hometown (Hixson, TN). I know there are more than 1000 people in my city. ;-)

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