1. The top layer of something, esp. of land.

2. Mining law. An entire portion of land, including mineral deposits, except those specifically reserved. ? The meaning of the term varies, esp. when used in legal instruments, depending on the language used, the intention of the parties, the business involved, and the nature and circumstances of the transaction.

3. Mining law. The part of the geologic section lying over the minerals in question.

How do bilingual lawyers in China usually translate the term SURFACE?
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