Intro: Lately I've heard a number of players tell me with certainty that the resource "field" is independent for every miner. In other words, that areas cannot be "overmined" because claims are not in the ground, they're generated at the moment of looting. I've heard a number of people tell me that they mine alongside their friends in the same spots and have great hit rates. (By hit rate I mean the number of claims found divided by the number of drops, in percent.) It's always been my experience when I wander into another miner's territory, I usually end up finding very little. Well, Greenleaf Mining Company decided to put this to the test and 5 of us met in 8 Coins region K to find out if there's any truth in the statement that miners who "mine after" can do just as well as those on fresh ground. Procedure: Five miners (myself included) stood together as close as possible facing inward (so depending on how drop location is determined by the system, the actual drop points were at most 1-2m apart). Each person dropped for ore and enmatter (together) in order, and claims were excavated after all miners had dropped. Each miner dropped immediately after the previous miner reported "NRF" or hit. We used the Terramaster 1 (one miner was still in SIB for it). Individual drop locations were spaced approximately 80 meters apart and were chosen in a "wandering" pattern. Results: [TABLE="class: grid, width: 80%, align: center"] Drop [TD="align: center"]Miner 1[/TD] [TD="align: center"]Miner 2[/TD] [TD="align: center"]Miner 3[/TD] [TD="align: center"]Miner 4[/TD] [TD="align: center"]Miner 5[/TD] Note 1 - - - - - 2 O - - - - 3 - - - - - 4 O,E - - - - (miner 1 accidentally dropped again after finding 1st two claims) 5 O - - - - 6 E - - - - After this drop, miner order was switched; miner 1 went to #5 and everyone else moved ahead one number. 7 - - - - E* Miner #5 was standing closer to the claim than the other miners (the claim was 54m away, so on the very edge of the search area). 8 E - - - - 9 E - - - - 10 E (31m) E (48m) - - - This drop is consistent with the observation that when two claims exist in a search area, the closest claim is found first. 11 O - - - - 12 E - - - - Claims: 10 1 0 0 1* [/TABLE] * For drop 7, Miner #1 may have been closer (it was hard to tell precisely which one was closer) but he was also the miner who was not maxed on the TM1... which leads to the question: is range reduced in unmaxed finders? Conclusions: Different miners do indeed share the same "field". After the first pass, an area may be depleted, especially if the first miner carpet-bombs the area and re-drops after finding a claim (a fairly common practice among miners). When meeting in the field, it would be a good idea to let each other know which area you have already mined. For further research: Is range reduced when finder is inside the SIB period? Is depth a factor in overmining; can you find deep minerals after finding shallow ones in the same area? What are the re-spawn rates of minerals? Special thanks to the miners who participated in this project: Linda Lin Washington, Keed Mypoppy Thorne, Spiry Golden XXX and Nineta Nita Kowalski. Thank you!