American Creek

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au; Sn
Ore minerals cassiterite; gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-3
Latitude 65.84
Longitude -163.15
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Location and accuracy American Creek is a northeast-flowing, south tributary to Old Glory Creek, a major southwest tributary to Pinnell River. This is locality 73 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Moffit (1905) reports that small amounts of bright gold have been found in gravels of American Creek, and Anderson (1947, p. 41) reports that cassiterite is also present. Mining activities have not been reported (Cobb, 1975, OFR 75-429). Most of the bedrock in the area is a metasedimentary schist and marble sequence of Lower Paleozoic age (Till and others, 1986). However, the headwaters of American Creek includes Crossfox Butte which is underlain by Cretaceous granitic rocks (Till and others, 1986).
Geologic map unit (-163.152693379201, 65.8393033486528)
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 Some exploration activities have taken place on the creek, probably mostly by hand. There are no reported mining activities.
Indication of production Undetermined