Steep Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold; magnetite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-1
Latitude 64.7506
Longitude -165.389
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Location and accuracy Steep Creek flows south from Mount Distin. Placer gold mining occurred on Steep Creek for about 0.75 mile upstream from its confluence with Goldbottom Creek (in the Nome C-1 quadrangle). The location used here is 1.5 miles south of Mount Distin. This is locality 85 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The gravels of Steep Creek were placer mined for gold over a distance of about 0.75 mile upstream of its confluence with Goldbottom Creek. Much of this mining was before 1905. The pay streak was 60 to 70 feet wide in coarse gravels 1.5 to 4 feet thick, and the concentrates contained magnetite (Moffit, 1913). Gold-bearing lode deposits are present along Steep Creek above the placer workings (see NM091 and NM092).
Geologic map unit (-165.391620495535, 64.7498385686704)
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 Small-scale placer mining took place along the lower 0.75 miles of Steep Creek, probably before 1905.
Indication of production Yes; small