Goose 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 C-5
Latitude 65.55
Longitude -164.13
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Location and accuracy Goose Creek is a northwest tributary to Noxapaga River. The mouth of Goose Creek is 1.7 miles downstream from the mouth of Andesite Creek, an eastern tributary to Noxapaga River. The location of placer workings on this creek is approximate. This is locality 54 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Gold was reportedly discovered on Goose Creek in 1900 (Brooks, 1901) and mining soon followed (Collier, 1902). Mining also took place here before and after WW II (Smith, 1941; Hopkins, 1963). Frozen, stratified peat and silt (muck), 20 to 30 feet-thick, commonly overlies a few feet of auriferous gravel on schist bedrock (Hopkins, 1963, Figure 8, p. 94). Muck locally contains bones of extinct Pleistocene mammals. Although tundra cover of bedrock is extensive in the area (Till and others, 1986), Hopkins (1963) indicates that quartz-calcite veins are common in schist bedrock of the gold- producing tributaries to the Noxapaga River.
Geologic map unit (-164.132676302178, 65.5492796435262)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary; an early radiocarbon age on shallow parts of the frozen and stratified peat and silt of nearby Black Gulch was 8,800 +/- 200 years (Hopkins, 1963, Figure 8).

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Surface open-cut placer mining has taken place on this creek.
Indication of production Yes; small


MRDS Number A012687


Reporters Travis L. Hudson (Applied Geology)
Last report date 3/15/1999