42. The area of each parcel of land staked shall, as nearly as practicable, be 16 hectares and its sides shall be 400 metres in length, with boundary lines running as nearly as possible north and south and east and west astronomically.
Notwithstanding the first paragraph, any parcel of land of less than 16 hectares, situated between parcels of land that are subject to a claim, a mining exploration licence, a mining lease or a mining concession or not open for staking may be staked by any of the holders of mining rights or by each of them in the proportions agreed by the Minister, or by a third person authorized by the Minister.
The area and shape of a parcel of land that may be the subject of a claim by way of map designation shall be determined by the Minister and shown on the maps kept at the office of the registrar. Any modification of the area and form of the parcel of land shall be recorded in a notice posted in a conspicuous place in the regional offices designated by ministerial order and in the office of the registrar, and shall take effect on the date indicated in the notice.
1987, c. 64, s. 42; 1988, c. 9, s. 10; 1998, c. 24, s. 19; 2003, c. 15, s. 5.