Laurada 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 C-1
Latitude 64.5035
Longitude -165.2037
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Location and accuracy This alluvial placer mine is on Laurada Creek, a small east tributary to lower Nome River. It has been placer mined over most of its 1 mile length. The map location is at an elevation of about 50 feet in the lower part of the creek in the SE1/4 section 26, T. 11 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Laurada Creek has been placer mined over most of its 1-mile length, probably at about the same time as mining on nearby Moss Gulch (NM275). Mining may also have occurred at other times, but it has not been reported. The headwaters of Laurada Creek are at elevations and physiographic settings where coastal plain deposits could be present. The deposit probably formed in part from reworking a Third Beach deposit on the flank of Army Hill (Metcalfe and Tuck, 1942, p. 32).
Geologic map unit (-165.20630385933, 64.5027382768737)
Mineral deposit model Alluvial placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Placer mine tailings are present on Laurada Creek at a surface elevation of about 50 feet. Claim activity was reported as recently as 1968 and 1974 (Heiner and Porter, 1972; Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 1982).
Indication of production Yes; small


MRDS Number 10308007


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.
Metcalfe, J.B., and Tuck, Ralph, 1942, Placer gold deposits of the Nome district, Alaska: Report for U.S. Smelting, Refining, and Mining Co., 175 p.
Reporters C.C. Hawley and Travis L. Hudson
Last report date 7/10/2000