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The Large Hadron Collider passed it's first online tests today, which is a very very nice thing for science. But something that I was reading on the Live Science site was that one of the reasons that the built the beastie underground was to avoid the cost of having to buy all of that land.

This make my brain make an odd poit sound. Assuming that they didn't buy the land, did they actually lease rights to the underground portion, or are those something that's not really existing? I mean really, if I have the tunneling equipment, what's to stop me from tunneling under my neighbor's property and putting in a big underground facility there?

Or in the more canoodling question, when you buy land, just how far up and down does your ownership go?

For instance, I can't tell the airport that no airplanes can fly over my property; effectively, the airspace over 1000 feet is controlled by the Federal Aviation Administration. And in most cities that are zoned for single family dwellings, there are height restrictions placed on the primary domicile of 50 feet or less; the latest I've heard was 35 feet.

I can probably put up some kind of a tower or other structure that's higher, but I'm not at all unlimited.

So how far can I dig down? Certainly the water table puts a damper on any kind of livable construction, but things like a heat pump or geothermal system routinely deal with hundreds and sometimes thousands of feet. My basement is probably 40-50 feet above the water table considering my proximity to the lakes, and that leaves a lot of room for things like underground parking or an underground studio or workshop.

Yes, I know that underground tunnels and facilities take more extraordinary methods of construction. I'm talking more about theory here. What's to keep me from tunneling under my neighbor's yard to increase my available space?


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Sep. 10th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
In the U.S., unless it says otherwise in the title and deed documents, I think you own the mineral rights to the land--the exceptions are when you buy a house from a mining company, generally they keep the mineral rights (for example, if you buy a house in Lead or Deadwood, SD, where the largest property owner is Homestake Co., they usually don't sell the mineral rights but they recognize people have to live there so they sell the surface)

Also, you do own the sky in a manner of speaking. I think now they have airspace rules vis a vis your ability to develop within the limits of how much you can reasonably use.

It used to be center of the earth to the edge of outer space.

Edited at 2008-09-10 08:53 pm (UTC)
Sep. 11th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
>What's to keep me from tunneling under my neighbor's yard to increase my available space?

Absolutely nothing. If you don't mind your neighbors tunneling under YOUR house. :-)
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