|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||NM|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||C-1|
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|Location and accuracy||This alluvial gold placer mine is on Lillian Creek, a north tributary to Buster Creek (NM304), an east tributary to Nome River. The confluence of Lillian and Buster Creeks is 1.1 miles upstream of the mouth of Buster Creek. The map location is on lower Lillian Creek, 0.4 mile upstream of its mouth, in the SE1/4 section 22, T. 10 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian. Lillian Creek is included in locality 116 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463]; 1978 [OFR 78-93]).|
Geologic descriptionCoarse, rough, and iron-stained (limonitic?) gold was recovered from gravel near schist bedrock on Lillian Creek. The gravel was 3 to 10 feet thick and was covered by 5 feet of overburden (Brooks and others, 1901; Collier and others, 1908). The pay was apparently spotty and the production small (Moffit, 1913). Bedrock in the drainage is marble and schist (Hummel, 1962 [MF 247]); boulders encountered in mining included schist, quartz, greenstone, and granite (Collier and others, 1908). Hummel (1962 [MF 247, locality 21]) mapped a prospect in the headwaters of Lillian Creek. (NM292) containing pyrite, arsenopyrite, and possibly pyrrhotite.
|Geologic map unit||(-165.247910041539, 64.6044391306241)|
|Mineral deposit model||Alluvial placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).|
|Mineral deposit model number||39a|
|Age of mineralization||Quaternary.|
|Workings or exploration||Some placer tailings and small surface workings are probably present. The deposit was mined in 1900 and possibly in subsequent years.|
|Indication of production||Yes; small|
|Production notes||Pay was spotty and production small (Moffit, 1913).|
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.
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|