|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||NM|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||D-1|
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|Location and accuracy||Dorothy Creek is a west tributary to upper Nome River. The mouth of Dorothy Creek is about 1.4 miles downstream from the mouth of Divide Creek, another west tributary to Nome River. Dorothy Creek may have been placer mined for gold over most of its lower 1.3 miles. This is locality 105 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]).|
Dorothy Creek was placer mined for gold as early as 1900, and by 1903 about 44,000 dollars or 2,125 ounces of gold had been produced (Collier and others, 1908). Some mining took place as recently as 1940 (Smith, 1942). The placer concentrate contained bladed stibnite crystals and minor scheelite (Coats, 1944; Anderson, 1947).Bedrock in the Dorothy Creek drainage is mainly metasedimentary schist that lies structurally above a regionally extensive marble unit (Hummel, 1962 [MF 248]). Small orthogneiss bodies, greenstone bodies, and numerous quartz veins are present in the schist (Collier and others, 1908; Hummel, 1962 [MF 248]). The Wyoming prospect (NM110) is apparently an arsenopyrite- and (or) pyrite-bearing vein exposed along Dorothy Creek, and antimony occurrences (NM068, NM069) and the Bulk Gold prospects (NM071, NM072) occur on the ridge along the southwest headwaters of Dorothy Creek.
|Geologic map unit||(-165.237322912414, 64.8229424925121)|
|Mineral deposit model||Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).|
|Mineral deposit model number||39a|
|Age of mineralization||Quaternary.|
|Workings or exploration||Dorothy Creek was placer mined as early as 1900 and by 1903 about 44,000 dollars or 2,125 ounces of gold had been produced (Collier and others, 1908). Some mining took place as recently as 1940 (Smith,1942).|
|Indication of production||Yes; small|
|Production notes||The produced gold reportedly assayed 14 to 15 dollars per ounce (Collier and others, 1908). The early mining was said to have been expensive and little profit was made (Moffit, 1913).|
Anderson, Eskil, 1947, Mineral occurrences other than gold deposits in northwestern Alaska: Alaska Territorial Division of Mines Pamphlet 5-R, 48 p.
Coats, R.R., 1944, Lode scheelite occurrences of the Nome area: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 17, 6 p.
Collier, A.J., Hess, F.L., Smith, P.S., and Brooks, A.H., 1908, The gold placers of parts of Seward Peninsula, Alaska, including the Nome, Council, Kougarok, Port Clarence, and Goodhope precincts: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 328, 343 p.
Hummel, C.L., 1962, Preliminary geologic map of the Nome D-1 quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-248, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.
Moffit, F.H., 1913, Geology of the Nome and Grand Central quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 533, 140 p.
|Reporters||C.C. Hawley and Travis L. Hudson|
|Last report date||10/22/1999|