Location is the series of acts by which a locator appropriates a portion of the public mineral lands and establishes his right to exploit it to the exclusion of all others. There are four basic steps to the location procedure: (1) discovery of a valuable mineral deposit, (2) marking the boundaries of the claim on the ground, (3) posting and recording the location notice, and (4) discovery work in some states. If the locator is an individual, he must be a citizen of the United States or he must have declared his intention to become a citizen. If the locator is a corporation, the corporation must be organized under the laws of the United States or one of the 50 states. Agents are allowed to make locations for qualified locators.
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