Shovel Creek

Mine, Probably 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-5
Latitude 64.648
Longitude -164.414
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Location and accuracy Shovel Creek is a major northeast tributary of the lower Solomon River. The mouth of Shovel Creek is 0.5 mile north of Lees Camp. This is locality 90 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

At least three of the lower three and a half miles of Shovel Creek has been extensively placer mined, mostly by dredges and mostly in the 1920s. Early mining (Smith, 1910) encountered thin, 1 to 3 feet thick gravels over bedrock in a pay streak up to 1,000 feet wide (based on the distribution of tailings shown on the recent topographic map of the area). The elevation of the workings is between 50 and 150 feet. Recorded production as compiled by Lu and others (1968) is about 20,000 ounces. Bedrock is part of a lower Paleozoic metasedimentary assemblage (Sainsbury and others, 1972, OFR 511; Till and others, 1986).
Geologic map unit (-164.416608715374, 64.6472551058956)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary; the location and elevation (50 to 150 feet) of this area indicate that it was affected by Quaternary sea level fluctuations.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Mined by dredging, hydraulic and small-scale operations over at least three of the lower three and a half miles of the creek.
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Recorded production as compiled by Lu and others (1968) is about 20,000 ounces.

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