Unnamed (in Aurora Creek)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Zn
Other commodities Au
Ore minerals gold; sphalerite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-2
Latitude 64.7225
Longitude -165.62
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy Aurora Creek is an east tributary of upper Cripple River; its mouth is about 5.5 miles upstream from where the Nome-Teller road crosses Cripple River. The location is in Aurora Creek at an elevationof about 600 feet and about half-way between the head of the creek and its mouth on Cripple River. It is the location of Kardex site Kx 52-294 (Heiner and Porter, 1972; Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 1982). The location is about the center of a group of 15 claims staked in 1968.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

A stratabound zinc-lead deposit (NM140) crops out in Aurora Creek about 1-mile above this location. Aurora Creek has been mined with hand tools for placer gold, especially in the benches on the southwest of Aurora Creek. Numerous boulders of zinc-bearing schist can be found along the stream. In 1968, Allan Doyle located 15 placer claims, nominally for zinc, along this part of Aurora Creek. One patented claim is within Doyle's claim block. This claim appears to have been located to control a head gate on a ditch rather than as a mineral location. Country rock is mainly the massive marble unit of Bundtzen and others (1994).
Geologic map unit (-165.622622244979, 64.7217348744375)
Mineral deposit model Alluvial placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a); sphalerite-bearing boulders are present in Aurora Creek gravels.
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Fifteen claims were staked in 1968 during a period of activity on the Aurora Creek zinc-lead deposits (NM140). Some mining for placer gold has taken place along Aurora Creek and its west side benches.
Indication of production None
Production notes Probably very minor production of placer gold.


MRDS Number 10307967


Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 1982, Mining claim location maps -- Nome quadrangle: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 8 p., 3 sheets, scales 1:63,360 and 1:250,000.
Heiner, L.E., and Porter, Eve, 1972, Alaska Mineral Properties, volume 2: University of Alaska, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory Report 24, 669 p.
Reporters C.C. Hawley and Travis L. Hudson
Last report date 3/12/2000