Marion Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001387
MRDS ID A012129
Record type Site
Current site name Marion Creek
Alternate or previous names Marian Creek
Related records 10136079

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -149.95331, 67.33969 (WGS84)
Relative position Marion Creek is a large, west-flowing tributary to the Middle Fork Koyukuk River approximately 13 miles south of Sukakpak Mountain and approximately equidistant between Minnie Creek to the north and Myrtle Creek to the south. The reference point is near a prospect described by Maddren (1913) as a shaft '6 or 7 miles above the mouth' (SW1/4 sec. 14, T. 29 N., R. 11 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian); the location is accurate within a 1-mile radius.
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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

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel

Nearby scientific data

(1) -149.95331, 67.33969

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Maddren (1913) reported gold colors near the surface in valley gravels of Marion Creek. Initial attempts to sink shafts in the gravels of this creek proved unsuccessful, but in the winter of 1908-09 miners succeeded in sinking a shaft 26 feet to bedrock 6 or 7 miles above the mouth of the creek, where good prospects were said to have been found. According to Reed (1938) considerable prospecting was done in the 'early days,' but the gold that was found was insufficient to warrant mining. Maddren (1913), however, reported $1,000 worth of production between 1900 and 1909.
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Koyukuk

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Maddren (1913) reported $1,000 worth of production between 1900 and 1909.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Considerable prospecting along the creek including at least one 26-foot shaft to bedrock.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012129
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CH035

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Maddren, A.G., 1913, The Koyukuk-Chandalar region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 532, 119 p.

  • Deposit

    Heiner, L.E., and Wolff, E.N., eds., 1968, Mineral resources of northern Alaska, Final report, submitted to the NORTH Commission: Mineral Industry Research Laboratory, University of Alaska, Report 16, 306 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Chandalar quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-457, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Chandalar and Wiseman quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-340, 205 p.

  • Deposit

    DeYoung, J.H., Jr., 1978, Mineral resources map of the Chandalar quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-878-B, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Maas, K.M., 1987, Maps summarizing land availability for mineral exploration and development in northern Alaska, 1986: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 10-87, 33 sheets.

  • Deposit

    Reed, I.M., 1938, Upper Koyukuk region, Alaska (Wiseman, Chandalar, and Bettles): Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 194-7, 201 p.

  • Deposit

    Maddren, A.G., 1910, The Koyukuk-Chandalar gold region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 442-G, p. 284-315.

  • Deposit

    Maas, K.M., 1987, Maps summarizing land availability for mineral exploration and development in northern Alaska, 1986: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 10-87, 33 quadrangle overlays.

  • Deposit

    Schrader, F.C., 1900, Preliminary report on a reconnaissance along the Chandalar and Koyukuk Rivers, Alaska, in 1899: U.S. Geological Survey Twenty-first Annual Report, Part 2, p. 441-486.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Maddren, 1913

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Deposit Other Comments = Alaska Kardex No. KX-031-172, 031-173, 031-200, 031-201, 031-265 (Kardex is a card file mining claim information system located at the State of Alaska DNR Public Information Center in Fairbanks).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 17-NOV-1999 J.M. Britton U.S. Geological Survey