Atlas Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-6
Latitude 65.37
Longitude -164.752
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Location and accuracy Atlas Creek is a small north tributary to Quartz Creek. Quartz Creek crosses the Nome-Taylor road at about mile 78.5 (Brakes Bottom). The mouth of Atlas Creek is 4,500 feet upstream of the juncture between Quartz Creek and North Fork of Quartz Creek. This locality was not included by Cobb (1972; MF 417; OFR 75-429).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The lower 2,000 feet of Atlas Creek is shown to have been placer mined for gold by Sainsbury and others (1969). Bedrock is locally exposed in the area, primarily on the crest of nearby uplands and along lower Atlas Creek (Sainsbury and other, 1969). Bedrock in the area is part of a Lower Paleozoic metasedimentary assemblage (Sainsbury and others, 1969; Till and others, 1986). Sainsbury and others (1969) emphasize that gold placers in this area are associated with exposures of the metamorphic bedrock assemblage.
Geologic map unit (-164.754665651751, 65.3692640471458)
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 Sainsbury and others (1969) show that the lower 2,000 feet of this drainage has been open-cut placer mined. This was probably by dozer and sluice operations.
Indication of production Yes; small

Additional comments

Unnamed tributaries to Quartz Creek are reported to have scheelite in placer concentrates (Anderson, 1947).