Too Much Gold Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale LG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-1
Latitude 65.067
Longitude -147.297
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Location and accuracy Too Much Gold Creek is a tributary of Fairbanks Creek, located approximately 4 miles from Cleary Summit, and accessible via the Fairbanks Creek road. The location given is near the confluence with Fairbanks Creek on the north side of the road. The location is accurate within 1,000 feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Evidence of recent placer mining (1980's?) near the confluence of Too Much Gold Creek and Fairbanks Creek was observed in 1999 (J. Schaefer, field observation, 1999). Bedrock in the area is quartz muscovite schist, quartzite and chlorite quartzose schist (Newberry and others, 1996). Too Much Gold Creek drains an area that includes several prospects and mines that have been worked for their gold in quartz veins (Too Much Gold Creek Divide, ARDF no. LG176; Basham, ARDF no. LG177; Excelsior, ARDF no. LG179; Plumbum, ARDF no. LG168; Governor, ARDF no. LG172; and Whitehorse, ARDF no. LG170).
The original record from 1999 reported this site as a mine. It is currently reported as a prospect. Gold mineralization on the property occurs in three main forms, including intrusive-hosted sulfide-quartz stockwork veinlets (such as the Dolphin gold deposit), auriferous sulfide-quartz veins (exploited by historic underground mines), and shear-hosted gold-bearing veinlets. All three types are considered to be part of a large-scale intrusive-related gold system (or 'IRGS') on the property. (Abrams and Giroux, 2013).
This prospect is part of the Golden Summit property (Abrams and Giroux, 2013; Walcott, 2013).
Geologic map unit (-147.29944745406, 65.0665794178594)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Not reported.
Alteration of deposit Not reported.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration
The ground near the mouth of the creek, just north of Fairbanks Creek road appears to have been placer mined. The amount of vegetation suggests that this mining probably took place in the 1980s (J. Schaefer, field observation, 1999).
British Petroleum/Fairbanks Exploration performed trenching and reverse circulation drilling from 1987-1988 (Abrams and Giroux, 2013).
The original record from 1999 reported this site as a mine. It is currently reported as a prospect. Gold mineralization on the property occurs in three main forms, including intrusive-hosted sulfide-quartz stockwork veinlets (such as the Dolphin gold deposit), auriferous sulfide-quartz veins (exploited by historic underground mines), and shear-hosted gold-bearing veinlets. All three types are considered to be part of a large-scale intrusive-related gold system (or 'IRGS') on the property. (Abrams and Giroux, 2013).
Indication of production Undetermined
Reserve estimates None.
Production notes No record of production.

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