43 CFR 3832.21 - How do I locate a lode or placer mining claim?

§ 3832.21 How do I locate a lode or placer mining claim?
(a) Lode claims.
(1) Your lode claim is not valid until you have made a discovery.
(2) Locating a lode claim. You may locate a lode claim for a mineral that:
(i) Occurs as veins, lodes, ledges, or other rock in place;
(ii) Contains base and precious metals, gems and semi-precious stones, and certain industrial minerals, including but not limited to gold, silver, cinnabar, lead, tin, copper, zinc, fluorite, barite, or other valuable deposits; and
(iii) Does not occur as bedded rock (stratiform deposits such as gypsum or limestone) or is not a deposit of placer, alluvial (deposited by water), eluvial (deposited by wind), colluvial (deposited by gravity), or aqueous origin.
(3) Establishing extralateral rights. If the minerals are contained within a vein, lode, or ledge and the vein, lode, or ledge extends through the endlines of your lode claim, you have extra-lateral rights to pursue the down-dip extension of the vein, lode, or ledge to the point where the vein, lode, or ledge intersects a vertical plain projected parallel to the end lines and outside the sideline boundaries of your lode claim if—
(i) The top or apex of the vein, lode, or ledge lies on or under the surface within the interior boundaries of the lode claim; and
(ii) The long axis, and therefore the side lines, of the lode claim are substantially parallel to the course of the vein, lode, or ledge.
(4) Preserving extralateral rights. In order to preserve your extralateral rights, you should determine, if possible, the general course of the vein in either direction from the point of discovery in order to mark the correct boundaries of the claim. You should expose the vein, lode, or ledge by—
(i) Tracing the vein or lode on the surface; or
(ii) Drilling a hole, sinking a shaft, or running a tunnel or drift to a sufficient depth.
(b) Placer claims.
(1) Your placer claim is not valid until you have made a discovery.
(2) Each 10-acre aliquot part of your placer claim must be mineral-in-character.
(3) You may locate a placer claim for minerals that are—
(i) River sands or gravels bearing gold or valuable detrital minerals;
(ii) Hosted in soils, alluvium (deposited by water), eluvium (deposited by wind), colluvium (deposited by gravity), talus, or other rock not in its original place;
(iii) Bedded gypsum, limestone, cinders, pumice, and similar mineral deposits; or
(iv) Mineral-bearing brine (water saturated or strongly impregnated with salts and containing ancillary locatable minerals) not subject to the mineral leasing acts where a mineral subject to the General Mining Law can be extracted as the primary valuable mineral.
(4) Building stone deposits must by law be located as placer mining claims (30 U.S.C. 161). If you have located a building stone placer claim, the lands on which you located the claim must be chiefly valuable for mining building stone.

Title 43 published on 2014-10-01

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 30 - MINERAL LANDS AND MINING

§ 22 - Lands open to purchase by citizens

§ 23 - Length of claims on veins or lodes

§ 24 - Proof of citizenship

§ 25 - Affidavit of citizenship

§ 26 - Locators’ rights of possession and enjoyment

§ 27 - Mining tunnels; right to possession of veins on line with; abandonment of right

§ 28 - Mining district regulations by miners: location, recordation, and amount of work; marking of location on ground; records;...upon delinquency in contributing proportion of expenditures; tunnel as lode expenditure

30 U.S. Code § -

30 U.S. Code § -

§ 28a - Omitted

§ 28b - Annual assessment work on mining claims; temporary deferment; conditions

§ 28c - Length and termination of deferment

§ 28d - Performance of deferred work

§ 28e - Recordation of deferment

§ 28f - Fee

§ 28g - Location fee

§ 28h - Co-ownership

§ 28i - Failure to pay

§ 28j - Other requirements

§ 28k - Regulations

30 U.S. Code § -

§ 29 - Patents; procurement procedure; filing: application under oath, plat and field notes, notices, and affidavits; posting...objections; nonresident claimant’s agent for execution of application and affidavits

§ 30 - Adverse claims; oath of claimants; requisites; waiver; stay of land office proceedings; judicial determination of right of possession;...of land office proceedings and judgment roll; alienation of patent title

§ 31 - Oath: agent or attorney in fact, beyond district of claim

§ 32 - Findings by jury; costs

§ 33 - Existing rights

§ 34 - Description of vein claims on surveyed and unsurveyed lands; monuments on ground to govern conflicting calls

§ 35 - Placer claims; entry and proceedings for patent under provisions applicable to vein or lode claims; conforming entry to...and surveys; limitation of claims; homestead entry of segregated agricultural land

§ 36 - Subdivisions of 10-acre tracts; maximum of placer locations; homestead claims of agricultural lands; sale of improvements

§ 37 - Proceedings for patent where boundaries contain vein or lode; application; statement including vein or lode; issuance...of proceedings; knowledge affecting construction of application and scope of patent

§ 38 - Evidence of possession and work to establish right to patent

§ 39 - Surveyors of mining claims

§ 40 - Verification of affidavits

§ 41 - Intersecting or crossing veins

§ 42 - Patents for nonmineral lands: application, survey, notice, acreage limitation, payment

§ 43 - Conditions of sale by local legislature

§ 44, 45 - Omitted

§ 46 - Additional land districts and officers

§ 47 - Impairment of rights or interests in certain mining property

§ 48 - Lands in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota; sale and disposal as public lands

§ 49 - Lands in Missouri and Kansas; disposal as agricultural lands

§ 49a - Mining laws of United States extended to Alaska; exploration and mining for precious metals; regulations; conflict of laws; permits; dumping...of high tide or high-water mark; transfer of title to future State

§ 49b - Mining laws relating to placer claims extended to Alaska

§ 49c - Recording notices of location of Alaskan mining claims

§ 49d - Miners’ regulations for recording notices in Alaska; certain records legalized

§ 49e - Annual labor or improvements on Alaskan mining claims; affidavits; burden of proof; forfeitures; location anew of claims; perjury

§ 49f - Fees of recorders in Alaska for filing proofs of work and improvements

§ 50 - Grants to States or corporations not to include mineral lands

§ 51 - Water users’ vested and accrued rights; enumeration of uses; protection of interest; rights-of-way for canals and ditches; liability for injury or damage to settlers’ possession

§ 52 - Patents or homesteads subject to vested and accrued water rights

§ 53 - Possessory actions for recovery of mining titles or for damages to such title

§ 54 - Liability for damages to stock raising and homestead entries by mining activities

U.S. Code: Title 43 - PUBLIC LANDS