Canyon Creek

Prospect, 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-2
Latitude 64.9512
Longitude -165.9322
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Location and accuracy Canyon Creek is a major drainage in the western Kigluaik Mountains. Placer mining claims were reported along about 6 miles of the stream and the location given is the approximate mid-point of the claimed area This is Kardex site Kx 52-89 of Heiner and Porter (1972, p. 162).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Canyon Creek is a major drainage in the western Kigluaik Mountains. Placer mining claims were reported along about 6 miles of the stream, and the location given is the approximate mid-point of the claimed area shown as Kardex site Kx 52-89 by Heiner and Porter (1972, p. 162). Smith (1930 [B 810-A]) reported prospecting activity on one locality in 1927. The creek is in a broad glacially sculpted valley. Placer gold deposits are probably of transient river-bar type derived from undiscovered lodes in the Kigluaik Mountains. Bedrock in this area is mostly amphibolite facies metasedimentary rocks (Sainsbury, Hummel, and Hudson, 1972; Till and Dumoulin, 1994; Hannula and others, 1995).
Geologic map unit (-165.934844315332, 64.9504332002634)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Holocene.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Exploration work has probably only been by pan or rocker; some gold may have been produced at one locality in 1927 (Smith, 1930, B 810-A, p. 36).
Indication of production Undetermined

References

MRDS Number A012972

References

Hannula, K.A., Miller, E.L., Dumitru, T.A., Lee, Jeffrey, and Rubin, C.M., 1995, Structural and metamorphic relations in the southwest Seward Peninsula, Alaska; Crustal extension and the unroofing of blueschists: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 107, p. 536-553.
Heiner, L.E., and Porter, Eve, 1972, Alaska Mineral Properties, volume 2: University of Alaska, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory Report 24, 669 p.
Till, A.B., and Dumoulin, J.A, 1994, Geology of Seward Peninsula and St. Lawrence Island, in Plafker, G., and Berg, H.C., eds., The Geology of Alaska: Geological Society of America, DNAG, The Geology of North America, v. G-1, p. 141-152.
Reporters C.C. Hawley and Travis L. Hudson
Last report date 10/22/1999