114. General principles.

At common law, where there has been severance of title and the surface and minerals are in different hands1, ownership of the surface land carries prima facie a natural right of support which is a right to have the surface kept in its natural position and condition2. The right is not an easement but a natural right incident to the ownership of the soil3.

There is no natural right of support for anything artificially constructed on land; such a right cannot exist ex jure naturae because the thing itself did not do so4. Thus any right to the support of