Gold Creek

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000709
MRDS ID A011344
Record type Site
Current site name Gold Creek
Related records 10137093

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.81277, 63.09962 (WGS84)
Relative position Placer claims are located along Gold Creek, a tributary to Butte Creek. The area of activity extends from Section 18, 2 miles downstream into Section 13. The map site is at the north boundary of sec. 18, T. 21 S., R. 2 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. This is location 68 of Clark and Cobb (1972); and location B-8 of Balen (1990: 34-90).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


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) -147.81277, 63.09962

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Gold Creek drains a basin underlain by Lower Tertiary granodiorite and granite that intrudes Lower Cretaceous and Upper Jurassic metagraywacke (Wilson and others, 1998). Placer gold was first discovered in 1903. The sources of the gold probably are lode deposits, such as those at Gold Hill (HE172) and Gold Creek East (HE169).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Active?

Mining district

District name Valdez Creek

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface placer workings dating from 1903.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011344
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF HE170

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1973, Placer deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1374, 213 p.

  • Deposit

    Balen, M.D., 1990, Geochemical sampling results from the Bureau of Mines Investigations in the Valdez Creek mining district, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 34-90, 218 p., 2 plates, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Wilson, F.H., Dover, J.H., Bradley, D.C., Weber, F.R., Bundtzen, T.K., and Haeussler, P.J., 1998, Geologic map of central (interior) Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-133, 17 p., 2 sheetsm, scale 1:500,000.

  • Deposit

    Clark, A.L., and Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Healy quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-394, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Moffit, 1912

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Deposit Other Comments = Discovered at the same time as Wickersham Creek (HE174) in 1903.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 07-APR-2000 N. Van Wyck Stevens Exploration Management Corporation