|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||SH|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||B-4|
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|Location and accuracy||The Shovel Creek placer mine is at an elevation of about 1,200 feet on this northwest-flowing tributary of Ingruksukruk Creek. The coordinates are for the mine symbol on Shungnak B-4 topographic map. The map site is in section 9, T. 11 N., R. 5 E., of the Kateel River Meridian. Cobb (1972, MF-448), location 17.|
Geologic descriptionShovel Creek heads in the Upper Cretaceous Purcell Mountain quartz monzonite pluton, and crosses a contact between Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous andesitic volcanic rocks and the quartz monzonite. No large zones of altered rock were observed in the area, but abundant cobbles of black tourmaline and of albitized quartz monzonite containing tourmaline veinlets occur in the placer tailings and stream gravels. The quartz monzonite appears to be altered adjacent to the veinlets. Analyses of two tourmaline-rich cobbles show 700 and 1,000 ppm copper but no detectable gold. Indications are that the placer gold may have come from the quartz-tourmaline veins (Miller and Ferrians, 1968).
|Geologic map unit||(-157.850590954278, 66.3778146387735)|
|Mineral deposit model||Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).|
|Mineral deposit model number||39a|
|Age of mineralization||Quaternary.|
|Alteration of deposit||Albitization of quartz monzonite adjacent to tourmaline veinlets.|
|Workings or exploration||The creek has been placer mined on a small scale. The site was examined and some rock samples collected by the U.S. Geological Survey during the 1960s. One hundred lode claims were staked in the vicinity in 1972 (Grybeck, 1977).|
|Indication of production||Yes; small|
Additional commentsStream gradient approximately 250-300 feet per mile.
Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Shungnak quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-448, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Cobb, E.H., 1975, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in five quadrangles in west central Alaska (Hughes, Kotzebue, Melozitna, Selawik, Shungnak): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 75-627, 58 p.
Cobb, E.H., 1977, Placer deposit map of central Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-168-B, 64 p., 1 map, scale 1:1,000,000.
Eakins, G.R., Jones, B.K. and Forbes, R.B., 1977, Investigation of Alaska's uranium potential: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Open-File Report 109, 213 p., 10 sheets, scale 1:40,000.
Eberlein, G.D., Chapman, R.M., Foster, H.L., and Gassaway, J.S., 1977, Map and table describing known metalliferous and selected nonmetalliferous mineral deposits in central Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-168-D, 132 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.
Grybeck, Donald, 1977, Map showing known mineral deposits of the Brooks Range, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-166-C, 45 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.
|Reporters||Anita Williams (Anchorage, AK)|
|Last report date||12/16/1999|