Nugget Discovery

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BD
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-5
Latitude 64.843
Longitude -146.498
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Location and accuracy The Nugget Discovery prospect is located on Nugget Creek, which drains west into the South Fork of the Chena River. The creek is roughly 2.5 miles long. The Alaska Division of Mining Kardex file system reports placer mining at the base of Nugget Creek. The approximate center of the mining activity is in SW1/4NW1/4 section 11, T. 1 S., R. 6 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. It is locality 28 of Menzie and Foster (1979), who summarized relevant references under the name 'Nugget Discovery'.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Nugget Creek flows into the South Fork of the Chena River. Weber and others (1978) described the bedrock in the drainage as primarily marble, quartzite, argillite and phyllite of unknown age. Locally, there is an extensive cover of windblown silt and sand that ranges from 0.1 to 50 meters in thickness. In addition, much of the ground in the swampy lowlands of the Chena River and its tributaries is permanently frozen (Foster and others, 1979). Menzie and Foster (1979) reported that the creek was an active gold placer claim from 1976 to 1978. The Alaska Division of Mining Kardex file system records active claims on Nugget Creek as recent as 1984. There are no indications of production for the Nugget Discovery prospect.
Geologic map unit (-146.500415117244, 64.8425930834533)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Menzie and Foster (1979) reported that the creek was an active gold placer claim from 1976 to 1978. The Alaska Division of Mining Kardex file system records active claims on Nugget Creek as recent as 1984.
Indication of production Undetermined
Production notes There is no record of production for the Nugget Discovery prospect.

References

MRDS Number 10307231
Reporters Cameron S. Rombach (ADDGS)
Last report date 4/26/1999