Fairview Creek

Prospect, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-3
Latitude 64.8173
Longitude -166.2943
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Location and accuracy Fairview Creek flows west-northwest to its mouth in a lagoon at the Bering Sea coast about 3.5 miles northeast of Cape Woolley. The location given is the approximate mid-point of placer mining claims shown in State of Alaska files (Heiner and Porter, 1972). The gold-bearing part of Fairview Creek extends for about 3 miles below an unnamed mined tributary informally called Tomboy Creek (NM008). This is locality 57 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Gold colors were reported to be locally present on Fairview Creek by Collier and others (1908), and placer mining claims have been located over about 3 miles of its length (Heiner and Porter, 1972). Fairview Creek is wider and more braided downstream where it flows onto the coastal plain. Concentrations of gold, in company with black or ruby sands, would be likely to occur in river bars or points where river velocity changes.
Fairview Creek flows near a contact between metavolcanic and metasedimentary units, but it also reworks glacial deposits along its central portion and headwaters (Sainsbury, Smith, and Kachadoorian, 1972). Gold in Fairview Creek may have a somewhat distant source, although the pay streak on its tributary, Tomboy Creek (NM008), was on decomposed chloritic schist bedrock, a possible bedrock source.
Geologic map unit (-166.296934260748, 64.8165241602263)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Exploration by pan and rocker back to about 1900. Placer mining claims were active as recently as 1972.
Indication of production Undetermined

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