Columbia Creek

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BH
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-5
Latitude 60.61
Longitude -160.75
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Location and accuracy Columbia Creek flows northwest to the lower Kisaralik River. This approximately located placer prospect is in the headwaters of Columbia Creek, at an elevation of about 225 feet, and 1.75 mile southwest of USGS Benchmark Naomi (1,658 feet elevation). The map site is in the northern 1/2 of section 18, T. 6 N., R. 65 W., of the Seward Meridian. It is locality 6 of Cobb (1972 [MF 455]) and of Hoare and Cobb (1977).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

A placer gold deposit was staked and prospected by churn drilling in 1949 or 1950 along this part of Columbia Creek, but mining apparently has not occurred (Hoare and Cobb, 1977, p. 8). Bedrock in the headwaters of the creek includes Jurassic volcanic rocks intruded by a mid-Cretaceous granitic pluton to the west, and an undated diorite and gabbro pluton to the south (Box and others, 1993). Hoare and Cobb (1977) report that hydrothermally altered bedrock in the low divide at the head of the creek (where Box and others, 1993, map diorite or gabbro) was prospected by pits and trenches before 1949. Frost (1990, fig. 1, loc. 4) reports that a quartz vein in sandstone or quartz porphyry from this general area contains 0.40 ppm Au.
Geologic map unit (-160.752278464104, 60.6092554806719)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Claims were staked and prospected in 1949 or 1950 using a churn drill. Hydrothermally altered bedrock at head of valley was prospected by pits and trenches before 1949.
Indication of production None


MRDS Number 10307251
Reporters Travis L. Hudson
Last report date 3/24/2001