- Jan 1, 2013
- Detector(s) used
- Tesoro Vaquero, Whites MXT, Vsat, GMT, 5900Di Pro, Minelab GPX 5000, GPXtreme, 2200SD, Excalibur 1000!
- Primary Interest:
- All Treasure Hunting
We did some dredging in California this past winter without any problems but we were dredging for mercury. Mercury is not a mineral so we were not dredging as defined in the ban. We also opened up a tunnel for later exploration to protect our rights to the minerals.
Under new state law effective January 1, 2016, the use of vacuum or suction dredge equipment is defined to mean the use of a mechanized or motorized system for removing or assisting in the removal of, or the processing of, material from the bed, bank, or channel of a river, stream, or lake in order to recover minerals.
As stated we dredged in order to recover mercury
lol natural occuring elements are also defined as minerals.. Due to lack of crystal structure mercury and opal are known as "mineraloids"
So, you were still breaking the law
and don't come back with
' it wasn't naturally occuring"
it's in the waterway your dredging..it's mercury ..it's a mineral
pretty sure it's against tnet rules to encourage an act as legal when by definition it is not...
the part of the wortd "oid" literally means "form of"
mineraloid means "form of mineral"
it does in fact form crystals in its solid form!
Mercury is classified as a "metallic mineral"
Metallic Minerals List
It is the only liquid metal at room temperature
it is known as a secondary "mineral"
Pretty much every reputable mineral guide lists it as a mineral even though it is a "mineraloid"
It falls under the same laws as other metallic minerals in regards to mining law.
In the Danaclassifacation system it is actually in the same catagory as gold
As far as dredging goes it falls under the same laws. You can file a claim to mine it. Considering that can only be done for "valuable minerals"
For all intents and purposes Mercury is a mineral
It is a mineral and you can not legally dredge for it in California