Maybe Creek

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Ag; Hg; W
Ore minerals chromite; cinnabar; gold; magnesiochromite; polybasite; scheelite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale ID
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-3
Latitude 62.70919
Longitude -157.17303
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Location and accuracy This placer occurrence is on Maybe Creek about one and a half miles below its head. The coordinates are at a location where gold was panned at an elevation of about 1,450 feet in the NW1/4 NW1/4, section 9, T. 30 N., R. 42 W., of the Seward Meridian. The location is accurate.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Maybe Creek drains an area underlain by a monzonite pluton of Upper Cretaceous age (Bundtzen, Laird, and Lockwood, 1988; Miller and Bundtzen, 1994; Miller, Bundtzen, and Gray, 2005). The creek heads into a glacial cirque which indicates that the drainage basin was glaciated in Pleistocene time. The placer occurrence is in shallow, coarse, fluvial gravels along about 0.6 mile of upper Maybe Creek from about 1,450 to 1,800 feet in elevation. Up to 10 grains of fine gold per pan were found at several sites in this portion of the creek. The grade and volume are unknown. The principle heavy heavy minerals identified in panned concentrates include gold, cinnabar, polybasite (?), scheelite, chromite, and magnesiochromite (Bundtzen, Cox, and Veach, 1987).
Geologic map unit (-157.175387069257, 62.7085171721702)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Probably Late Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Surface sampling was conducted by both the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys and the U.S. Geological Survey in the 1980s (Bundtzen, Cox and Veach, 1987; Bennett and others, 1988).
Indication of production None

Additional comments

The name Maybe Creek suggests that the placer resource was known to early prospectors.