Sparkle Creek

Mine, 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 64.6446
Longitude -165.2727
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Location and accuracy Sparkle Creek is a small east tributary to Nome River. The mouth of Sparkle Creek is 0.8 mile southeast of the Nome-Taylor road crossing of Nome River. The placer mine probably was on the floodplain of Nome River opposite Sparkle Creek. The map location is in the SE1/4 section 4, T. 10 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian. The location is accurate within a quarter of a mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Sparkle Creek appears to be an artificial drainage below two high-level ditches (see Nome C-1 quadrangle, sections 3, 10, 11, 13, 14). Bundtzen and others (1994) mapped placer tailings on the floodplain of the Nome River opposite Sparkle Creek, suggesting the possibility that Sparkle Creek was the cut that brought hydraulic water to the floodplain. However Kardex locations (Kardex sites Kx 164 and 316a, Heiner and Porter, 1972; Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 1982) are on Sparkle Creek. The name Sparkle Creek was reported as a prospector's name in 1900 (Orth, 1967).
Geologic map unit (-165.275312875246, 64.6438391349846)
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 A placer mine related to Sparkle Creek apparently was on the floodplain of Nome River opposite Sparkle Creek. Substantial tailings are on the floodplain at this site.
Indication of production Yes; small

References

MRDS Number 10308011

References

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 7/10/2000