com·​pac·​tion | \ kəm-ˈpak-shən How to pronounce compaction (audio) , käm-\

Definition of compaction

: the act or process of compacting : the state of being compacted

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the compaction of a complex topic into a short article means that a lot of niceties are going to get crushed

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Recent technological advances, including compaction of transmitters, have even enabled its use with insects in the context of pollination, crop pests and conservation. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch," 9 July 2018 Moss moves in when grass dies out because of lack of sunlight, overly wet soil, low pH (acid) soil, soil compaction and low fertility. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: Bradford pears should now be considered an invasive trash tree," 3 May 2018 This includes soil and root compaction and other damage, such as with new home construction or additions, earth-moving equipment and construction materials and chemical dumping. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: ​​​​​​​Tree-killing practices exposed," 2 Mar. 2018 An ancient tree with problems can be managed: A decayed limb might be removed, a fungal disease addressed, soil compaction mitigated. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Old trees will tell you when their time is up | Idaho Statesman," 17 Jan. 2018 Landowners testified at the 2015 permit hearing before the PUC of their worries about soil compaction and impacts to crops. John Hult, USA TODAY, "Dakota Access sued over farmland damage in South Dakota," 2 Nov. 2017 Along with destroying native plants, the soil compaction caused by standing next to a redwood harms the roots. CBS News, "Trying to protect California Redwoods from too much love," 18 Dec. 2017 When groundwater levels drop to new lows, the resulting compaction can actually permanently reduce the aquifer’s capacity. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Silicon Valley rose as water use restrictions kicked in," 7 Oct. 2017 The causes are many: sea level rise, erosion from oil and gas exploration, soil compaction and the Mississippi River's extensive levee system, which robs coastal zones of land-building sediment. Tristan Baurick,, "New book explores Louisiana's sinking cemeteries," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of compaction

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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