Sinona Creek (Shnu Creek)

Prospects, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale GU
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-2
Latitude 62.94
Longitude -144.91
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Location and accuracy The location of the prospects is a very general one. The coordinates are arbitrarily located at the confluence of the two upper forks of Sinona Creek about 1.5 miles south-southwest of Sinona Lake. The only guide to the location is the statement of Mendenhall and Schrader (1903, p. 49) that 'some further locations have been made in the region between the Gakona and the Chistochina on Excelsior Creek and in the headwaters of the Shnu.' The Shnu is now named Sinona Creek.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

There was some prospecting and possibly minor production of placer gold in the area prior to 1903 (Mendenhall and Schrader, 1903). Sinona Creek has a very low gradient and flows mostly through unconsolidated material. Its headwater tributaries originate the Chistochina gold district of the Mt. Hayes quadrangle and small amounts of flour gold could have washed into Sinona Creek and been concentrated in river bar deposits along the river.
Geologic map unit (-144.91221141474, 62.9395877447036)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au, riverine subtype (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Holocene placer.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Probably shallow placer workings prior to 1903 that have long since destroyed by erosion.
Indication of production Undetermined