Silverbow Creek (Little Anvil Creek)

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SO
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-4
Latitude 64.59
Longitude -163.85
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Location and accuracy Silverbow Creek flows south to its mouth on Norton Sound, 3.1 miles west of Bluff and 2.6 miles northeast of Topkok. This is locality 107 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181). The location of mining on this creek is not well known; the location could be within 1 mile or more.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Some placer mining took place locally on this creek up to 1930 (Cobb, 1978, OF 78-181); the presence of gold was first reported in 1908 (Collier and others, 1908). The placer deposits are apparently less extensive and lower grade than those on Daniels Creek (ARDF SO006), 3.1 miles to the east. Bedrock of the area is primarily a polydeformed, metapelitic schist of possible Precambrian age (Sainsbury and others, 1972); Till and others (1986) identify the Silverbow Creek drainage as an area of extensive Quaternary cover.
Geologic map unit (-163.852586231489, 64.5892611884893)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Some open cut placer mine workings are probably locally present.
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Some placer gold production from between 1908 and at least 1930.