Melozimoran Creek

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au; Sn
Ore minerals cassiterite; gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MZ
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-1
Latitude 65.6012
Longitude -153.1703
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy The locations of several placer prospect pits on and near Melozimoran Creek are uncertain. For this record, the site is located at the confluence of Melozimoran Creek with Little Melozitna River, in the SW1/4 of section 1, T. 9 N., R. 27 E., Kateel River Meridian.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Melozimoran Creek has a meandering channel and low gradient. The rocks in the vicinity are Precambrian or Paleozoic, greenschist-grade micaceous quartzite and quartz-chlorite-muscovite schist and subordinate glaucophane-bearing schist, marble, and greenstone (Patton and others, 1977). The closest igneous body is the quartz monzonite and granite Melozitna pluton, whose northern contact is about 8 miles south of the confluence of Melozimoran Creek and Little Melozimoran River. Patton and others (1977) date the pluton as Early Cretaceous age on the basis of a K-Ar date of 111 +/- 3 Ma.
Placer mining or prospecting on Melozimoran Creek is poorly documented. A few prospect pits were sunk between 1913 and 1918 near the mouth of the creek and some gold and cassiterite were recovered (Chapman and others, 1963).
Geologic map unit (-153.172871299471, 65.6006646032363)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (with Sn?) (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Placer mining or prospecting on Melozimoran Creek is poorly documented. A few prospect pits were sunk between 1913 and 1918 near the mouth of the creek and some gold and cassiterite were recovered (Chapman and others, 1963).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes An undetermined small amount of gold and cassiterite were recovered from Melozimoran Creek (Chapman, 1963).

Additional comments

This site is the Melozimoran Creek, U.S. BLM MILS location 0020470015 (Oddenino and others, 1995; Interagency Minerals Coordinating Group, 2004).

References

MRDS Number M047044

References

Reporters G.E. Graham, D.J. Szumigala (Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys)
Last report date 1/19/2005