|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||ID|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||D-2|
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|Location and accuracy||Last Chance Gulch, which is not named on the D-2 topographic map, enters Ganes Creek about 0.4 mile south of the mouth of Six Gulch (ID025). The coordinates are at the mouth of the gulch in the SE1/4, section 8, T. 33 N., R. 38 W., of the Seward Meridian. The location is accurate.|
Geologic descriptionPlacer gold was discovered in Last Chance Gulch early in the 20th Century (Maddren, 1910). Mining took place mainly prior to 1912 (Eakin, 1914). Placer gold is accompanied ilmenite, magnesiochromite, and magnetite. The probable source of the placer gold is sub-volcanic intrusions associated with the Ganes-Yankee Creek fault (Bundtzen and Laird, 1980, 1982; Bundtzen and Miller, 1997).
|Geologic map unit||(-156.524194465798, 62.959877017888)|
|Mineral deposit model||Placer Au deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).|
|Mineral deposit model number||39a|
|Age of mineralization||Probably Quaternary, based on age estimates of pre-glacial stream deposits developed near ancestral Ganes Creek (Mertie, 1916; Bundtzen, 1980 [GR 63]).|
|Workings or exploration||Production came from surface mining of shallow deposits near the mouth.|
|Indication of production||Yes; small|
|Production notes||Production was modest and included with totals reported from Ganes Creek (ID011). The lower gulch has not been mined since 1912 (Eakin, 1914; Doug Clark, oral communication, 2001).|
Bundtzen, T.K., and Laird, G.M., 1980, Geology of the upper Innoko River area, western-interior Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Survey Open- File Report 134, 34 p. 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.
Bundtzen, T.K., and Laird, G.M., 1982, Geologic map of the Iditarod D-2 and eastern D-3 quadrangles, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Geologic Report 72, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.
Bundtzen, T.K., and Miller, M.L., 1997, Precious metals associated with Late Cretaceous-early Tertiary igneous rocks of southwestern Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral Deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 242-286.
Maddren, A.G., 1910, The Innoko gold-placer district, Alaska, with accounts of the central Kuskokwim valley and the Ruby Creek and Gold Hill placers: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 410, 87 p.
Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1936, Mineral deposits of the Ruby-Kuskokwim region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 864-C, p. 115-245.
|Reporters||T.K. Bundtzen (Pacific Rim Geological Consulting, Inc.), M.L. Miller (U.S. Geological Survey); and C.C. Hawley (Hawley Resource Group)|
|Last report date||5/12/2003|