Cascade Creek

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Copper, Arsenic

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000897
MRDS ID A011551
Record type Site
Current site name Cascade Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -152.09587, 62.47341 (WGS84)
Relative position Reed and others (1978, locality 21) locate this occurrence on Cascade Creek, a tributary to East Fork of the Yentna River, in the southeast quarter of Section 32, T. 28 N, R. 15 W., of the Seward Meridian within Denali National Park and Preserve. Also locality 77 of MacKevett and Holloway (1977).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Copper Primary
Arsenic Secondary

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) -152.09587, 62.47341

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Reed and others (1978) describe visible gold in pan-concentrate samples from stream gravels at this site. This placer occurrence was apparently unreported prior to MacKevett and Holloway (1977). Curtin, Karlson, Tripp, and Day (1978) show heavy-metal concentrate values in streams draining this area, two of which had an excess of 3000 ppm copper, 50 ppm gold, 100 ppm silver. The country rocks are Mesozoic marine sedimentary rocks (KJs) that are intruded by the Late Cretaceous/early Tertiary Cascade (64.6 m.y.) pluton, one of the composite plutons (Tcp) described by Reed and Nelson (1980). Foley and others (1997) report mean values of 20 ppb gold, 1 ppb palladium, 42 ppb platinum, 139 ppm nickel, and 26 ppm copper from six rock samples of the Cascade pluton. The source of the metal in stream silt and pan concentrate samples at this site is probably related to the Cascade pluton.? Anomalous gold, platinum-group elements, copper, chrome, nickel and arsenic are reported from many of the composite plutons in the southern Alaska Range (Curtin, Karlson, Tripp, and Day, 1978; Curtin, Karlson, Tripp, Day, Cooley, and McDougal, 1978; Reed and others, 1978; Nelson and others 1992). Gold and platinum group element placers have been worked at several sites downstream from these bodies (Mertie, 1919; Cobb, 1973).? Also see TL020, TL023, TL052, and TL053.
  • Age = Pleistocene.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Yentna

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Reconnaissance mapping, prospecting, stream silt, pan concentrate, and rock sampling by the U.S. Geological Survey (Curtin, Karlson, Tripp, and Day, 1978; Reed and Nelson, 1980) are all that have been published on this site. Reed and others (1978) describe visible gold in pan-concentrate samples from stream gravels at this site. Curtin, Karlson, Tripp, and Day (1978) show heavy-metal concentrate values in streams draining this area, two of which had an excess of 3000 ppm copper, 50 ppm gold, 100 ppm silver. Foley and others (1997) report mean values of 20 ppb gold, 1 ppb palladium, 42 ppb platinum, 139 ppm nickel, and 26 ppm copper from six rock samples of the Cascade pluton. The source of the metal in stream silt and pan concentrate samples at this site is probably related to the Cascade pluton. Anomalous gold, platinum-group elements, copper, chrome, nickel and arsenic are reported from many of the composite plutons in the southern Alaska Range (Curtin, Karlson, Tripp, and Day, 1978; Curtin, Karlson, Tripp, Day, Cooley, and McDougal, 1978; Reed and others, 1978; Nelson and others 1992). Gold and platinum group element placers have been worked at several sites downstream from these bodies (Mertie, 1919; Cobb, 1973).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011551
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF TL023

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Curtin, G.C., Karlson, R.C., Tripp, R.B., and Day, G.W., 1978, Geochemical and generalized geologic map showing the distribution of tin, tungsten, and beryllium, Talkeetna quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-870-F, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Curtin, G.C., Karlson, R.C., Tripp, R.B., Day, G. W., Cooley, E.F., and McDougal, C.M., 1978, Geochemical and generalized geologic map showing the distribution of chromium and nickel, Talkeetna quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-870-H, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Reed, B.L., Nelson, S.W., Curtin, G.C., and Singer, D.A., 1978, Mineral resources map of the Talkeetna Quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-870-D, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Reed, B.L., 1980, Summaries of data and lists of reference to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral deposits in the Talkeetna quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-884, 106 p.

  • Deposit

    Reed, B.L., and Nelson, S.W., 1980, Geologic map of the Talkeetna quadrangle: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Map I-1174, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Foley, J.Y., Light, T.D., Nelson, S.W., and Harris, R.A., 1997, Mineral occurrences associated with mafic-ultramafic and related alkaline complexes in Alaska: Economic Geology, Monograph 9, p. 396-449.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous and selected non-metalliferous mineral deposits in the eastern part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-A, 99 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cobb and Reed, 1980

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Deposit Other Comments = This area is within Denali National Park and Preserve.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-AUG-1998 Madelyn A. Millholland Millholland & Associates