Ernestine Creek

Prospect, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale VA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-3
Latitude 61.4165
Longitude -145.0846
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy Winkler and others (1981, locality 72 [OFR 80-892-B]) indicated placer prospecting for about 1.8 miles of lower Ernestine Creek between the elevations of 1,750 and 2,000 feet. The map site is the approximate midpoint of this placer prospect. It is in the SE1/4 section 20, T. 5 S., R. 2 E., of the Copper River Meridian.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Placer gold occurs in shallow gravels of Ernestine Creek (Rohn, 1900; Winkler and others, 1981 [OFR 80-892-B]). The deposits are probably on bedrock and similar to those on Fall Creek (VA073). Bedrock in vicinity of Ernestine Creek is greenschist-facies metaflysch of the Late Cretaceous Valdez Group (Winkler and others, 1981 [OFR 80-892-B]). Gold-bearing quartz veins are widespread through the Valdez Group in the southern Valdez quadrangle (Cobb and Matson, 1972).
Geologic map unit (-145.086685142831, 61.4160132831542)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Holocene.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Surface prospecting occurred along Fall Creek in about 1900 (Rohn, 1900).
Indication of production None
Production notes Possilby some minor production.