|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||NM|
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|Location and accuracy||This alluvial gold placer mine is on Extra Dry Creek, an east tributary to Nome River. The map location is at about the midpoint of the creek, just northwest of the center of section 4, T. 11 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian. It is locality 119 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]).|
Geologic descriptionThe alluvial gold placer deposit in the upper canyon of Extra Dry Creek was worked by hand and produced about 1,000 ounces of gold between 1900 and 1903 (Brooks and others, 1901; Collier and others, 1908). The unconsolidated deposits about one-half mile below the head of the creek included, top to bottom, 1 foot of muck, 1 foot of sandy clay, and 6 feet of schist and quartz gravel on bedrock; pay was in the lower 2 feet of gravel. Some coarse gold was recovered; the largest nugget found in 1900 was about 0.6 ounce (Brooks and others, 1901; Moffit, 1913). Bedrock has been mapped as mica schist containing marble interlayers (Brooks and others, 1901; Moffit, 1913), mainly metagranodiorite (Hummel, 1962 [MF 247]), and mainly porphyroclastic micaceous graphitic schist and graphitic quartz schist (Bundtzen and others, 1994). The gold possibly had a local bedrock source; it apparently becomes finer grained downstream. Some of the gold had attached quartz (Collier and others, 1908, p. 176).
|Geologic map unit||(-165.286606372921, 64.5650374926022)|
|Mineral deposit model||Alluvial placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).|
|Mineral deposit model number||39a|
|Age of mineralization||Quaternary.|
|Workings or exploration||Extra Dry Creek was worked by shovel-in or rocker methods from 1900 until about 1905. Moffit (1913) thought that the creek was worked out by about 1905 or 1906. Tailings along the creek down to the Nome River road and suggest that the lower part of the creek was worked mechanically in later years.|
|Indication of production||Yes; small|
|Production notes||About 1,000 ounces of gold were recovered from this creek between 1900 and 1903 (Collier and others, 1908; Moffit, 1913). Lower grade deposits may have been mined on the lower creek in later years, but records of ny such production are not available.|
Brooks, A.H., Richardson, G.B., Collier, A.J., and W.C. Mendenhall, 1901, A reconnaissance in the Cape Nome and adjacent gold fields of Seward Peninsula, Alaska, in 1900: U.S. Geological Survey Special Publication, p. 1-185, maps.
Bundtzen, T.K., Reger, R.D., Laird, G.M., Pinney, D.S., Clautice, K.H., Liss, S.A., and Cruse, G.R., 1994, Progress report on the geology and mineral resources of the Nome mining district: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Public Data-File 94-39, 21 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.
Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-463, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.
Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File report 78-93, 213 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 C-1 quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-247, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.
|Reporters||C.C. Hawley and Travis L. Hudson|
|Last report date||7/10/2000|