|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||SO|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||D-5|
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|Location and accuracy||Ruby Creek is an east tributary to the Casadepaga River. Its mouth is 0.9 miles downstream from the old town of Casdepaga and across the river from the mouth of Lower Willow Creek (SO091). Sainsbury and others (1972) show placer tailings to be present over the lower 2 miles of Ruby Creek. This is locality 79 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181).|
Geologic descriptionRuby Creek was an important and heavily worked creek in the early history of the area (Brooks and others, 1901). It is incised in its lower reaches and both the active channel and some bench placers have been mined. Some of the gold was coarse (a 1/4 ounce nugget was reported) and had a fineness of 946. The gravels in the lower creek were thin, 2 to 3 feet, and gold-bearing throughout. The creek gets its name from the abundant garnet in heavy mineral concentrates. A large part of this creek was mined by 1907 (Smith, 1910). The headwaters of Ruby Creek are underlain by a lower Paleozoic metasedimentary assemblage (Till and othes, 1986).
|Geologic map unit||(-164.318613897049, 64.7982584591673)|
|Mineral deposit model||Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).|
|Mineral deposit model number||39a|
|Age of mineralization||Quaternary; the numerous incised terraces along the Casadepaga River and its major tributaries indicate that more than one cycle of erosion and deposition has developed placer deposits in the area. The low elevations between 170 and 270 feet along the first 11 miles of the river, suggest that Quaternary sea level fluctuations could have influenced placer development.|
|Workings or exploration||Almost all the creek gravels had been worked by 1907. Sainsbury and others (1972, OFR 511) show placer tailings to be present over the lower 2 miles of Ruby Creek.|
|Indication of production||Yes; small|
Brooks, A.H., Richardson, G.B., Collier, A.J., and W.C. Mendenhall, 1901, A reconnaissance in the Cape Nome and adjacent gold fields of Seward Peninsula, Alaska, in 1900: U.S. Geological Survey Special Publication, p. 1-185, maps.
Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-445, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-181, 185 p.
Sainsbury, C.L., Hudson, T.L., Ewing, R., and Marsh, W.R., 1972, Reconnaissance geologic maps of the Solomon D-5 and C-5 quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 72-324, 12 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.
Smith, P.S., 1910, Geology and mineral resources of the Solomon and Casadepaga quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 433, 234 p.
|Reporters||Travis L. Hudson (Applied Geology)|
|Last report date||8/19/1999|