Moonlight 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 D-5
Latitude 64.779
Longitude -164.452
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Location and accuracy Moonlight Creek is a small north tributary of the Casadepaga River. Its mouth is at an elevation of 425 feet about 3.5 miles upstream from the old town of Casadepaga. This is locality 80 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Mertie (1918) reports that placer mining took place along this creek in 1916. Moonlight Creek flows close to the contact of pelitic schist of possible Cambrian or Precambrian age to the east with a lower Paleozoic metasedimentary assemblage, that includes marble in this drainage, to the west (Till and others, 1986).
Geologic map unit (-164.454617949251, 64.7782565209254)
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.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Some small-scale mining is reported to have taken place in 1916 along this creek.
Indication of production Yes; small