Silver Creek

Mine, 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-1
Latitude 64.75
Longitude -165.3967
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Location and accuracy Silver Creek, a north tributary of Steep Creek (NM093), flows south from the southwest flank of Mount Distin. The stream has been placer mined by mechanical methods for about 1,500 feet above its confluence with Steep Creek.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The lower 1,500 feet of Silver Creek has been placer mined by small-scale mechanical methods; this mining probably occurred in the 1930s and 1940s. The creek flows across interlayered marble, mica schist, and probably some metabasite for about a mile above its confluence with Steep Creek. The uppermost 2,000 feet of the drainage (above the mined section) is in massive marble (Hummel, 1962 [MF 248]; Bundtzen and others, 1994).
Proximal sources for the placer gold may exist in the Silver Creek drainage. Soils developed on the basal contact of the massive marble in upper Silver Creek are highly anomalous in gold and arsenic (see NM096). In the summer of 1995, Kennecott Exploration Company mapped the Silver Creek drainage and excavated more than 1,000 feet of trenches east and west of Silver Creek in a search for the source of the arsenic and gold anomaly in soils. The source was not clearly identified, although gold-bearing hematitic zones, possibly overlying veins, were found west of Silver Creek. It is also possible that the McDuffee vein structure (NM092) exposed in Steep Creek extends southwesterly into the Silver Creek area.
Geologic map unit (-165.399320390555, 64.7492383979606)
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 mechanical mining of placer gold probably took place in 1930s and 1940s. The area has been explored in the 1990s for lode gold deposits.
Indication of production Yes; small