Little Moose Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold; scheelite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale FB
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-4
Latitude 64.032
Longitude -148.957
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Location and accuracy The Little Moose Creek mine is located in secs. 20 and 21, T. 10 S., R. 7 W., Fairbanks Meridian. Over the years, placer operations have taken place at various locations along Little Moose Creek, and the coordinates are approximately the mid-point of the creek. The mine is locality 63 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The Little Moose Creek basin is underlain mainly by quartz-orthoclase-sericite schist of the California Creek Member of the Totatlanika Schist (Wahrhaftig, 1970 [GQ-810]). Gold is found in stream gravel that is approximately 2 to 4 feet thick along the lower mile of the creek above the confluence with Moose Creek (Maddren, 1918). Scarce scheelite was found in placer concentrates (Joesting, 1943 [ATDM Pamph. 2, p. 20[). Glover (1950) reported that the gold is 860 fine.
Geologic map unit (-148.959335504021, 64.0315398672852)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary placer.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration There was small-scale placer mining before 1918; mining probably has continued sporadically since.
Indication of production Yes; small


MRDS Number A015343; D002629


Reporters J.R. Guidetti Schaefer and C.J. Freeman (Avalon Development Corporation)
Last report date 7/31/2001