Copper Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001021
MRDS ID A011694
Record type Site
Current site name Copper Creek
Alternate or previous names Radar Gulch, Seattle Gulch, Idaho Gulch
Related records 10161496

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -142.43052, 61.34579 (WGS84)
Relative position On Copper Creek between Seattle and Idaho Gulches. Best location: MacKevett and Smith, 1972. Accurate within radius of 100 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Copper Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Ore Material = Copper (native)
  • Ore Material = Gold (native)

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Copper Ore
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

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Shale

Nearby scientific data

(1) -142.43052, 61.34579

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Modern stream placers. All pre-glacial unconsolidated deposits have been removed by glacier. Copper Creek follows fault contact between Triassic limestone and greenstone to the north and younger Mesozoic sedimentary rocks cut by Tertiary hypabyssal rocks to the south.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Nizina

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Type of workings: surface

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011694
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF MC169

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., and Capps, S.R., 1911, Geology and mineral resources of the Nizina district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 448, 111 p.

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., 1915, Mineral resources of Alaska in 1914: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 622, 238 p.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., 1970, Geology of the McCarthy B-4 quadrangle: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1333, 31 p.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Smith, J.G., 1972, Geologic map of the McCarthy B-4 quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map GQ-943, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., 1976, Mineral deposits and occurrences in the McCarthy quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-773-B, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Moffit and Capps, 1911

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer: stream
Deposit Other Comments = Copper Creek is actually the upper course of Dan Creek (MC141). It was not uncommon for Alaskan prospectors to call the upper and lower parts of the same creek by different names.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 06-NOV-1997 Leonard, K.R. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 06-NOV-1997 Elliott, R.L. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 06-NOV-1997 Richter, D.H. U.S. Geological Survey