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jordpackning — soil settling (English)
A sinking down of a part of the earth's crust, generally due to underground excavations. (Source: MGH)
An increase in bulk density (mass per unit volume) and a decrease in soil porosity resulting from applied loads, vibration, or pressure.
Compaction involves the close-packing of the individual grains mainly by the elimination of pore-space and expulsion of entrapped water; this is normally brought about by the weight of the overlying sediments. (Source: ECHO2)

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