Christian Creek

Prospect, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities W
Ore minerals gold; scheelite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-1
Latitude 64.7956
Longitude -165.2002
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Location and accuracy Christian Creek is a west-flowing tributary to Nome River; it enters Nome River between Sulphur Creek and Rocky Mountain Creek (NM082). The location is accurate; it is the approximate mid-point of tailings on the lower creek about a quarter of a mile above its confluence with Nome River. This is locality 42 of Hummel (1975) and locality 106 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Christian Creek has been placer mined for gold over about 1,000 feet of its length starting a half-mile upstream of its confluence with Nome River. This mining may have taken place after WW II. The occurrence of scheelite in a nearby lode (NM075) suggests that scheelite could be found in the concentrates of Christian Creek. Christian Creek appears to be the northern limit of a zone of scheelite deposits that can be traced as far south as Nelson Gulch (NM083). Bedrock in the Christian Creek drainage is mostly calcareous schist and marble that is close to the axis of the Mount Distin syncline defined by Hummel (1962 [MF 248]). Hummel mapped a prominent north-trending lineament across Christian Creek at about the lower end of the placer tailings.
Geologic map unit (-165.202820553984, 64.7948427433052)
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 Shallow mechanical placer mining took place along about 1,000 feet of the creek, possibly after WW II.
Indication of production Yes; small