Venetia 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-6
Latitude 64.801
Longitude -164.831
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Location and accuracy Venetia Creek is an east tributary to the Eldorado River in the northeast Nome district. This location includes 1.8 miles of the main channel at elevations of from 490 to 570 feet. It is locality 83 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Gold was discovered on Venetia Creek in 1900 and production through 1903 was $6,000 or about 290 ounces (Collier and others, 1908). The gold was in thin gravels, 3 to 4 feet thick, in a narrow (10 to 50 feet) pay streak on marble and chloritic schist bedrock. In places, most of the gold was in crevices in the upper 3 to 4 feet of bedrock. The gold was coarse, had a fineness of 938, and was commonly in pumpkin-seed shaped grains (Brooks and others, 1901). The uplands around Venetia Creek are mostly underlain by a schistose marble of probable Ordovician age that structurally overlies a metavolcanic assemblage of possible Ordovician age (Till and others, 1986). The metavolcanic assemblage could be exposed in parts of Venetia Creek.
Geologic map unit (-164.83361712311, 64.8002498707684)
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 Small-scale placer workings are present along 1.8 miles of the creek between elevations from 490 to 570 feet.
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Gold was discovered on Venetia Creek in 1900 and production through 1903 was $6,000 or about 290 ounces (Collier and others, 1908).

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