Gold Dome

Prospect, Active

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold
Gangue minerals iron oxide; quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-6
Latitude 65.62
Longitude -164.54
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy The Gold Dome prospect is on the east side of Harris Dome, 5 miles east of the Nome-Taylor road. The active claims here straddle the divide between Little Harris Creek and Harris Creek which is at an elevation of about 1,175 feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Altar Resources (P.O. Box 42831, Tucson, AZ 85733) maintains a small claim block on a faulted contact between marble and schist. Stream sediment samples in the area contain up to 390 ppb gold and six soil samples from the divide area between Little Harris Creek and Harris Creek contain between 10 and 155 ppb gold (Altar Resources, 1999). Metasedimentary rocks in this area are Paleozoic in age (Till and others, 1986).
Geologic map unit (-164.542688442408, 65.6192760627425)
Mineral deposit model Gold-bearing quartz veins in metamorphic rocks
Age of mineralization Unknown but possibly Cretaceous; if gold-bearing lode structures are present here they may be similar in age to some lode gold deposits of southern Seward Peninsula. The southern Seward Peninsula lode gold deposits formed as a result of mid-Cretaceous metamorphism (Apodoca, 1994; Ford, 1993, Ford and Snee, 1996; Goldfarb and others, 1997) that accompanied regional extension (Miller and Hudson, 1991) and crustal melting (Hudson, 1994). This higher temperature metamorphism was superimposed on high pressure/low temperature metamorphic rocks of the region.
Alteration of deposit Iron oxide staining and quartz veining have been locally observed.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Some geologic mapping, soil sampling, and stream sediment sampling has been completed.
Indication of production None



Altar Resources, 1999, Lode gold prospects, Alaska: Tucson, Ariz., unpublished Altar Resources company report, unpaginated.
Apodoca, L.E., 1994, Genesis of lode gold deposits of the Rock Creek area, Nome mining district, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: Boulder, Colorado, University of Colorado, Ph.D. dissertation, 208 p.
Ford, R.C., 1993, Geology, geochemistry, and age of gold lodes at Bluff and Mt. Distin, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: Golden, Colorado School of Mines, Ph.D. dissertation, 302 p.
Ford, R.C., and Snee, L.W., 1996, 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology of white mica from the Nome district, Alaska--The first ages of lode sources to placer gold deposits in the Seward Peninsula: Economic Geology, v. 91, p. 213-220.
Goldfarb, R.J., Miller, L.D., Leach, D.L., and Snee, L.W, 1997, Gold deposits in metamorphic rocks in Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral Deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 151-190.
Hudson, T.L., 1994, Crustal melting events in Alaska, in Plafker, G., and Berg, H. C., eds., The Geology of Alaska: Geological Society of America, DNAG, The Geology of North America, Vol. G-1, p. 657-670.
Reporters Travis L. Hudson (Applied Geology)
Last report date 3/15/1999