Fox Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000249
MRDS ID A010289
Record type Site
Current site name Fox Creek
Related records 10258620

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -161.12271, 59.36927 (WGS84)
Relative position This Fox Creek, with headwaters in the uplands of Atlakumtsitak Mountain, is an east tributary to Slate Creek (GO020). The placer mine location is about 2 miles upstream of the confluence of Fox and Slate Creeks, at the mouth of a small unnamed west tributary (Fechner, 1988, fig. 5). It is locality 15 of Hoare and Cobb (1977) and of Cobb and Condon (1972).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 119
USGS model code 39a
BC deposit profile C01. C02
Deposit model name Placer Au-PGE
Mark3 model number 54

Nearby scientific data

(1) -161.12271, 59.36927

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = A small amount of placer gold mining has taken place on Fox Creek; minor production was reported in 1936 (Smith, 1938). This east tributary to Slate Creek (GO020) is called 'Fox Gulch' by Hoare and Cobb (1977). The location of workings was plotted by Fechner (1988, fig. 5), who estimated that about 20,000 yards of material had been mined. The deposit was on a low bench along the east side of the stream, where 6 to 7 feet of gravel covered a small, 100- by 200-foot area of pay on bedrock. The average grade was reported to be 0.08 ounce of gold per cubic yard (Roehm, 1937). The gold was coarse, smooth and bright. Fechner (1988) collected 5 samples of sediment along about 3 miles of Fox Creek; these samples contained a trace to 0.0003 ounce of gold per cubic yard. Bedrock in the area includes Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks, locally intruded by Upper Cretaceous to Lower Tertiary granitic rocks and Jurassic mafic/ultramafic plutonic rocks (Hoare and Coonrad, 1978).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Goodnews Bay

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Fechner (1988, Figure 5) estimated that about 20,000 yards of material had been mined. As the average grade was reported to be 0.08 ounce of gold per cubic yard (Roehm, 1937), production could have been 1,600 ounces of gold. This is considered a maximum estimate of production.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The location of workings was plotted by Fechner (1988, fig. 5), who estimated that about 20,000 yards of material had been mined. The deposit was on a low bench along the east side of the stream, where 6 to 7 feet of gravel covered a small,100- by 200-foot area of pay on bedrock. The average grade was reported to be 0.08 ounce of gold per cubic yard (Roehm, 1937).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010289
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF GO018

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1938, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1936: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 897-A, p. 1-107.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Condon, W.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Goodnews quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-447, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Hoare, J.M., and Cobb, E.H., 1977, Mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Bethel, Goodnews, and Russian Mission quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-156, 98 p.

  • Deposit

    Hoare, J.M., and Coonrad, W.L., 1978, Geologic map of the Goodnews and Hagemeister Island quadrangles region, southwestern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-9-B, two sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Fechner, S.A., 1988, Bureau of Mines mineral investigation of the Goodnews Bay mining district, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 1-88, 230 p.

  • Deposit

    Roehm, J.C., 1937, Mining investigations in the Goodnews Bay district: Summary report for the Alaska Territorial Department of Mines, 5 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Fechner, 1988

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 20-MAR-2001 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology