|surface = compacted|
|Describes the surface of a feature as unpaved compacted.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
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A mixture of larger (e.g., gravel) and smaller (e.g., sand) parts, compacted (e.g., with a roller), so the surface is more stable than loose gravel. Best sort of ways below paving with asphalt, concrete, paving stones. Sometimes known as water-bound macadam. Mixture and compacting leads to more grip and stability.
Accumulation of large amount of earth or sinking road surface into earth may turn it into surface=dirt or even surface=sand or surface=mud. Losing large amounts of smaller elements, leaving only gravel may turn it into surface=gravel.
Tag smoothness=* may help in adding further detail.