Grass Creek (Nome B-1 quadrangle)

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 B-1
Latitude 64.4805
Longitude -165.1091
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy This alluvial placer gold mine is on Grass Creek, a small west tributary to Saunders Creek (NM307). The mouth of Grass Creek is about 1.8 miles upstream of the Nome-Council road crossing of Hastings Creek. About 3,000 feet of lower Grass Creek has been placer mined. This location is the approximate midpoint of the placer workings, in the NE1/4 section 5, T. 12 S., R. 32 W., Kateel River Meridian. It is included in locality 133 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Placer gold tailings are present along the lower 3,000 feet of Grass Creek. It was probably mined at about the same time and by the same methods as Saunders Creek (NM307), dredged in 1911-1912. Grass Creek primarily flows across older parts of the Nome coastal plain. Judged from the elevation at the head of pay (about 75 feet), the gold in Grass Gulch could be derived from Third Beach, which in this area appears to have been developed on offshore bars and lagoons (Metcalfe and Tuck, 1942).
Geologic map unit (-165.11170549433, 64.4797398612453)
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 along the lower 3,000 feet of this Grass Creek.
Indication of production Yes; small