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By Patricia Liles
Mining News Editor 

Claim staking takes off

Mineral prospectors laid claim to more than 500 square miles of Alaska in 2003, staking continues in early 2004


Last updated 4/18/2004 at Noon

Prospectors looking for valuable minerals in Alaska hit the ground hard in 2003, laying claim to 507 square miles of state and federally controlled land in the Last Frontier.

That's about double the effort by claim stakers in 2002, said Dave Szumigala, a geologist with the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, during a presentation at the March 2004 biennial conference of the...

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