Ask the Experts - proper mining claim procedures
April 2013 by Chris RalphQ: Can you offer any information on proper mining claim procedures?
Filing claims is actually quite easy, though there are a number of pitfalls that you should watch out for. Over the years, I have made just about every mistake you can with a mining claim, and have learned a few things to watch out for along the way.
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