White Sand Creek

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale TK
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-1
Latitude 62.2002
Longitude -147.2676
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Location and accuracy Placer claims on White Sand Creek, a west tributary of Tyone Creek, extend from an elevation of about 3,250 to about 3,700 feet. The site is plotted at about the center of these claims. The location is accurate to within one mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The rocks in the drainage of upper White Sand Creek are cobble and boulder conglomerate, siltstone, and shale of the Naknek Formation (Csejtey and others, 1978). Cretaceous sandstone, siltstone, and shale, and Tertiary fluviatile conglomerate occur on the ridges nearby. The lower part of the creek cuts Quaternary glacial deposits. Prominent white cliffs here are composed of loess. The average creek gradient is 150 feet per mile. Gold occurs in alluvial gravel deposits of unknown thickness. Eight claims were staked in 1978; 4 claims were staked in 1980 (Kurtak and others, 1992). Placer samples collected by the U.S. Bureau of Mines contain up to 0.0008 ounce of gold per cubic yard (Kurtak and others, 1992). The gold is 839 fine.
Geologic map unit (-147.269811591057, 62.1996985556966)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary placer.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Eight claims were staked in 1978; 4 claims were staked in 1980 (Kurtak and others, 1992). Stream samples were collected by the U.S. Bureau of Mines (Kurtak and others, 1992).
Indication of production None

Additional comments

MAS/MILS number 20760104.

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