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Definition of claim

i. The portion of mining ground held under the Federal and local laws by one claimant or association, by virtue of one location and record. Lode claims, maximum size 600 ft by 1,500 ft (182.9 m by 457.3 m). Placer claims 600 ft by 1,320 ft (182.9 m by 402.4 m). A claim is sometimes called a location.

See Also: title, mining claim

ii. S. Afr. Land on a mining field to which a miner is legally entitled. A Transvaal claim has an area of 64,025 ft2 (5,947.9 m2 or 60,000 Cape square feet). It is about 155 ft (47.3 m) along the strike of the reef, and 413 ft (125.9 m) across the line, or along the dip of the reef. An area of 1.44 claims is equal to a South African morgen. In Cape feet, the claim is 150 ft by 400 ft (46.2 m by 122.0 m). Mining maps are often designed in squares of 1,000 Cape feet by 1,000 Cape feet (304.9 m by 304.9 m), which, therefore, contain about 16 claims measured horizontally.

Ref: Beerman

iii. In Australia, a claim is defined as the portion of Crown land that any person or number of persons shall lawfully have taken possession of and be entitled to occupy for mining purposes. No land comprised in any mining lease can be considered to be a claim. A claim is marked out by fixing in the ground posts at each angle of the claim, and it need not be surveyed. A miner is required to hold a miner's right before legally marking out or working a claim.

Ref: Nelson

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