Is there some particular depth of a soil where there is no increase in vertical load at that depth due to the weight of the soil? In other words, is soil able to bridge itself or is there arching action at some given depth? As an extreme example, say I am interested in the soil pressure 300' below ground. If someone were to place an additional 2' of soil at the ground surface, it seems like the load due to the additional 2' of soil would not be "felt" at a depth of 300'.
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