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COMPACTION

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French Equivalent: Compactage

Definition:
Compaction is the process whereby the density of soils is increased by tillage, livestock pressure and/or vehicular traffic. Such compaction gives rise to lower soil permeability and poorer soil aeration with resultant increases in erosion risk and lowered plant productivity.

Source Publication:
Environmental Indicators for Agriculture – Vol. 3: Methods and Results, OECD, 2001, glossary, pages 389-391.

Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics - Environmental indicators for agriculture

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Sunday, November 04, 2001