Ellie's Gold

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Ag
Ore minerals native gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-1
Latitude 62.101
Longitude -153.461
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Location and accuracy Ellie's Gold occurrence is in a second order stream that flows westerly about 8 kilometers to Post River. It is at an elevation of 3,900 feet (1,189 m) in the NE1/4 sec. 10, T. 23 N., R. 23 W., of the Seward Meridian. The location was determined from the field map plots of E.E. Harris and corresponds to map number 30 in Bundtzen, Harris, and Gilbert (1997).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The Ellie's Gold occurrence is a concentration of placer gold in a second order stream in the Eocene, Terra Cotta Volcanic field. Abundant black sands - including magnetite - were identified in the panned concentrate collected in the field. Bedrock is shallow and the stream more or less flows on bedrock. Stream gradient is about 200 meters/kilometer; i.e., it is steep. The gold appears as several flat, subangular, pin-sized grains in a black-sand-rich concentrate. The pan concentrate also contained 360 ppm chromium, 220 ppm zinc, and 19.4 percent iron (Bundtzen, Harris, and Gilbert, 1997).
Geologic map unit (-153.463229782037, 62.100387304871)
Mineral deposit model Gold placer (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Alteration of deposit None.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The placer gold occurrence was found by Ellen E. Harris in 1988, during regional geochemical and geological investigations in the McGrath A-1 quadrangle by the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (Bundtzen, Harris, and Gilbert, 1997).
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates None.