Ptarmigan Creek (tributary of Chatanika River)

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Ag
Ore minerals gold; silver

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CI
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-6
Latitude 65.248
Longitude -146.826
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy The location is the approximate position of claims on Ptarmigan Creek. Ptarmigan Creek is a tributary of the Chatanika River and is accessible where the creek crosses the Steese Highway. (This should not be confused with the other Ptarmigan Creek that is a tributary of Birch Creek, Circle quadrangle B-4).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

There is little gravel, but good colors can be panned from the lower part of the creek (Menzie and others, 1983, p. 51). A trace-element study showed 28 percent Ag in a sample of placer gold from Ptarmigan Creek (Yeend, 1985, p. 6).
Geologic map unit (-146.828462966341, 65.2475926409772)
Mineral deposit model Placer gold deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Known surface activity in 1981(Menzie and others, 1983, p. 51).
Indication of production None

Additional comments

The Ptarmigan Creek discussed for this record is a tributary of the Chatanika River. Another Ptarmigan Creek is located further up the Steese Highway and is a tributary of Birch Creek (see Ptarmigan Creek, tributary of Birch Creek, ARDF no. CI048).