Ninilchik

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale KN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-5
Latitude 60.12
Longitude -151.56
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Location and accuracy Cobb (1972, MF-377) located this occurrence on the shores of Cook Inlet about six miles northeast of the town of Ninilchik. However, small amounts of gold are probably present in small amounts along the entire beach at this vicinity. This is Cobb's (1972, MF-377) location 5 and is accurate to within a half a mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Gold has been found along the shoreline in a thin gravel layer about 2 feet below the surface. The area was mined intermittently from 1889 to 1911, mostly by rocker and small sluice boxes. The gold is probably derived from the Kenai Formation; the lode source was far to the east (Martin and others, 1915).
Geologic map unit (-151.562213361663, 60.119408359865)
Mineral deposit model Beach placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Recent.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Beach mining was reported in the summer of 1911 but the results are not known (Martin and others, 1915). No commercial production has ever been reported from this area.
Indication of production Yes; small

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