Discovery of Locatable Minerals

  • Ronald W. Tank


There are four basic requirements for making a valid mining location. (1) The location must be made on unappropriated public domain; (2) the lands must not have been withdrawn from mineral entry; (3) the mining claim must be based on a discovery of a valuable mineral deposit other than a common variety or those covered by the federal mineral leasing acts; and (4) the claim boundaries must be marked and a notice posted and recorded.


Patent Application Drill Hole Trial Court Discovery Work Valid Discovery 
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Suggested Reading

  1. Fiske, T. (1969), Pedis possessio—Modern use of an old concept, Proc. Rocky Mount. Mineral L. Inst., 15: 181–216.Google Scholar
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald W. Tank
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  1. 1.Lawrence UniversityAppletonUSA

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