I had a question about the specifics of finding a raw material deposit when prospecting squares with no already-known deposits. Are the locations of deposits pre-determined when the planet was created (or at some other specific time), or is a new deposit created when a scan is performed based on the probability given in the rules?

For example, lets say that from the equation given in the mining rules, I have a 20% chance of finding a deposit on a given scan of a square with no current known deposit. I then prospect that square. Which of the following scenarios is then true:

1. The database is checked to see if a deposit is there (one yet to be found). If a true comes back, there is then a 20% chance of finding it. If a false comes back, there is a 0% chance of finding it.

2. No such database exists. There is a 20% chance that a deposit is found, and if successful a new deposit appears.

If the latter is true, it seems that I could find a deposit on any square with a non-zero terrain probability if I just scan for long enough. (In the above example, I would have a 96% probability of finding something in the first 15 scans.)

In the rules it says "only 1 deposit can be found on a square at any given time," which makes me think that (2) is correct.

Sorry if this is a long question, but I wanted to be clear.

Thanks!

For example, lets say that from the equation given in the mining rules, I have a 20% chance of finding a deposit on a given scan of a square with no current known deposit. I then prospect that square. Which of the following scenarios is then true:

1. The database is checked to see if a deposit is there (one yet to be found). If a true comes back, there is then a 20% chance of finding it. If a false comes back, there is a 0% chance of finding it.

2. No such database exists. There is a 20% chance that a deposit is found, and if successful a new deposit appears.

If the latter is true, it seems that I could find a deposit on any square with a non-zero terrain probability if I just scan for long enough. (In the above example, I would have a 96% probability of finding something in the first 15 scans.)

In the rules it says "only 1 deposit can be found on a square at any given time," which makes me think that (2) is correct.

Sorry if this is a long question, but I wanted to be clear.

Thanks!

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