Lowe River Placer

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Tungsten, Copper, Zinc, Lead, Nickel

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000880
MRDS ID A011534
Record type Site
Current site name Lowe River Placer
Related records 10258795

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -145.75726, 61.10572 (WGS84)
Location accuracy 2000(meters)
Relative position NEAR MOUTH OF BENCH CR.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • LOCATION APPROXIMATED FROM USGS OFR 80-892B, LOC. 74; PLACER GOLD CLAIMS LOCATED ALONG ABOUT 6 MI OF LOWE RIVER ABOVE KEYSTONE CANYON LAND STATUS VALUE CALCULATED 6-94 USING GIS OVERLAY ANALYSIS WITH BLM 1:2,500,000 SCALE OWNERSHIP STATUS MAP (1991).

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Tungsten Tertiary
Copper Tertiary
Zinc Tertiary
Lead Tertiary
Nickel Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Magnetite Gangue
Scheelite Gangue
Zircon Gangue

Analytical data

Result STREAM SEDIMENT SAMPLES FROM SMALL TRIBUTARIES TO LOWE RIVER IN NW 1/4, SEC. 30, T. 9 S. , R. 6 W. , COPPER RIVER MERIDIAN: SAMPLE 3, 30 PPM CU, 5 PPM PB, 100 PPM ZN, 2 PPM MO, 60 PPM NI, TRACES OF MAGNETITE AND SCHEELITE IN CONCENTRATES
Result SAMPLE 4, 30 PPM CU, 10 PPM PB, 85 PPM ZN, 2 PPM MO, 20 PPM NI, TRACES OF MAGNETITE, ZIRCON AND SCHEELITE IN CONCENTRATES
Result ANOMALOUS MO REPORTED IN TWO STREAM SEDIMENT SAMPLES JUST BELOW KEYSTONE CANYON, ADGGS GC 15, P. 7

Nearby scientific data

(1) -145.75726, 61.10572

Comments on the geologic information

  • AREA IS UNDERLAIN BY METASEDIMENTARY ROCKS OF CRETACEOUS VALDEZ GROUP ; MAJOR.UNITS: K VALDEZ GROUP METASEDIMENTARY ROCKS

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1900

Mining district

District name Prince William Sound

Land status

Ownership category State

Comments on the production information

  • SOME AU RECOVERED INCLUDING COARSE GOLD BEFORE 1900; TOTAL UNDOUBTEDLY VERY SMALL

Comments on the workings information

  • SMALL SCALE METHODS ONLY

Comments on development

  • PLACER CLAIMS LOCATED BEFORE 1915 ON 6 MI OF LOWE RIVER ABOVE KEYSTONE CANYON; PROPERTY CONSIDERED UNSUITABLE FOR LARGE SCALE MINING AFTER EXPLORATORY CHURN DRILLING AROUND 1915

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011534

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL 622, P. 158-159, 186

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL 642, P. 140, 145

  • Deposit

    ADGGS GC15, P. 3, 7

  • Deposit

    USBM IC8626, P. 21

  • Deposit

    USGS MF-438, LOC. 80, 81

  • Deposit

    USGS OFR 80-892B, LOC. 74

  • Other Database

    BAG-OFR-80-892B-74

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit OLD PLACER WORKINGS REPORTED NEAR MOUTH OF BENCH CREEK BY WINKLER AND OTHERS, 1981, USGS OFR 80-892B; AMOUNT OF PLACER GOLD RECOVERED WASUNDOUBTEDLY VERY SMALL
Deposit ENTIRE VALLEY ABOVE KEYSTONE CANYON WAS STAKED BY ABOUT 1915, AND AREA WAS CONSIDERED AS POSSIBLE LARGE-SCALE MINING PROSPECT, BUT APPARENTLY DID NOT PAN OUT; SEE ALSO: SOLOMON GULCH ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-JUN-1985 Leonard, Kenneth R. (Elliott, R. L.) U.S. Geological Survey