Nugget Creek

Prospects, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Ore minerals native copper

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-8
Latitude 61.6316
Longitude -143.7243
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy An unpublished National Park Service map shows mineral land holdings on and along both sides of Nugget Creek. However, the accompanying data for the National Park Service locality numbers assigned to these land holdings, WRST-131, WRST-132, and WRST-167, are not for deposits in this area. It is assumed that the Nugget Creek area is a valid mineral location. The location chosen for this record is on Nugget Creek at an elevation of about 2,100 feet, 2,500 feet south of the center of section 2, T. 3 S., R. 9 E. of the Copper River Meridian.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

An unpublished National Park Service map shows mineral land holdings on and along sides of Nugget Creek. A large block of mineral land holdings on and along Nugget Creek dates from the early 1900s (Moffit and Mertie, 1923). The first copper claims staked in the Kuskulana valley were on Nugget Creek where in 1900, James McCarthy discovered a huge native copper nugget measuring 7 feet long, 3 feet wide, and up to 1 foot thick. Other native copper nuggets to several pounds in weight were also common in this part of Nugget Creek. Although most of the work in this area was on the nearby Valdez deposit (MC038) in Triassic Nikolai Greenstone, some of the land holdings shown on the unpublished National Park Service map were probably located on the placer deposits of Nugget Creek.
Geologic map unit (-143.726387543056, 61.6311422019956)
Mineral deposit model Placer deposit of native copper
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Probably some old workings and prospecting.
Indication of production Undetermined

Additional comments

The locality is in the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve.



Reporters Travis L. Hudson (Applied Geology, Inc.)
Last report date 1/12/2003