Why do compressed ores take up less space than the minerals?

I don’t think the livestock and slaves appreciate that very much.

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Space Magic is always the right answer.

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It should be hard to imagine compressing any of it, as solids don’t really compress much unless subjected to at least planetary-core levels of pressure, and even then they won’t compress much. So, compressing ore is silly, and especially compressing it to a point that the whole ore ends up much smaller than the small amount of stuff you take out of it.

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completely depends on what state the ore is in when mined. Is it a fine sand? large oddly shaped rocks? massive bolders?

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