Offield Creek

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale TE
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-3
Latitude 65.302
Longitude -166.006
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Location and accuracy Offield Creek is a south-flowing stream whose mouth is on the northeast shore of Grantley Harbor, 9.25 miles east of Teller. The creek is in the southeast corner of the Teller B-3 quadrangle and adjacent parts of the Teller B-2 quadrangle. Placer operations were apparently on upstream parts of the drainage at surface elevations of about 400 feet (Cobb and Sainsbury, 1972). This is locality 70 of Cobb and Sainsbury (1972). Cobb (1975) summarized relevant references under the name 'Offield Cr.'.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Bedrock in the Offield Creek drainage is a schistose chlorite and mica schist assemblage that is locally intruded by small greenstone bodies (Sainsbury, 1972); the age of this assemblage is uncertain but it is probably Paleozoic. Although Cobb (1975) states that this creek has been extensively placer mined, primarily in the 1930s, Sainsbury and others (1969) did not show the location of placer workings. The character of the placer deposit has not been described.
Geologic map unit (-166.008681291673, 65.3012384969135)
Mineral deposit model Alluvial Au placer (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Cobb (1975) states that this creek has been extensively placer mined.
Indication of production Yes
Reserve estimates Not defined.
Production notes Not known, primarily in the 1930s.