Minton Creek

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Tungsten

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001721
MRDS ID A012505
Record type Site
Current site name Minton Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -146.26979, 64.39357 (WGS84)
Relative position Minton Creek drains north into McCoy Creek, approximately 11 miles north of the town of Richardson, Alaska, on the Richardson Highway. The creek is approximately 5 miles long and has several small tributaries. There are references to prospecting along Minton Creek, but it is unclear where. The approximate midpoint of the creek is in NW1/4SW1/4 section 13, T. 6 S., R. 7 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline and an unimproved road provide access to the Minton Creek drainage. Cobb and Eberlein (1980) summarized relevant references under the name 'Minton Creek'.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Tungsten Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Ilmenite Ore
Magnetite Ore
Scheelite Ore

Nearby scientific data

(1) -146.26979, 64.39357

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Saunders (1965) first reported that Minton Creek contained scheelite found in a pan concentrate, with magnetite, ilmenite, and zircon. There has been no reported workings or production at Minton Creek.
  • Age = Quaternary

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Fairbanks

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = There has been no production reported for Minton Creek.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = There are no reported workings at Minton Creek.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012505
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BD026

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Ellsworth, C.E., 1910, Placer mining in the Yukon-Tanana region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 442, 432 p.

  • Deposit

    Ellsworth, C.E., and Parker, G.L., 1911, Placer mining in the Yukon-Tanana region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 480, 325 p.

  • Deposit

    Prindle, L.M., and Katz, F.J., 1913, Detailed description of the Fairbanks district, in Prindle, L. M., A geologic reconnaissance of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 525, p. 59-152.

  • Deposit

    Saunders, R.H., 1965, A geochemical investigation in the Richardson area, Big Delta quadrangle, Alaska: Alaska Division of Mines and Minerals Geochemical Report 3, 11 p.

  • Deposit

    Bundtzen, T.K., and Reger, R.D., 1977, The Richardson lineament-a structural control for gold deposits in the Richardson mining district, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Geologic Report 55, 46 p.

  • Deposit

    Eberlein, G.D., Chapman, R.M., Foster, H.L., and Gassaway, J.S., 1977, Map and table describing known metalliferous and selected nonmetalliferous mineral deposits in central Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-168-D, 132 p., 1 map, scale 1:1,000,000.

  • Deposit

    Weber, F.R., Foster, H.L., Keith, T.E.C., Dusel-Bacon, C., 1978, Preliminary geologic map of the Big Delta quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-529A, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Menzie, W.D., and Foster, H.L., 1979, Metalliferous and selected nonmetalliferous mineral resource potential in the Big Delta quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-529D, 61 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Eberlein, G.D., 1980, Summaries of data on and lists of references to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral deposits in the Big Delta and Tanacross quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-1086, 77 p.

  • Deposit

    Swainbank, R.C., Burton, J.P., and Metz, P.A., 1984, Bedrock geology of the Richardson mining district, Alaska: University of Alaska, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory Open-File Report 84-2, 60 p., 8 maps, scale 1:40,000.

  • Deposit

    Olson, B.G., Burton, J., Wolff, E.N., and Swainbank, R.D., 1985, Mining and minerals in the golden heart of Alaska: Fairbanks North Star Borough Publication, 80 p.

  • Deposit

    Chapin, Theodore, 1914, Placer mining in the Yukon-Tanana region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 592-J, p. 357-362.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Saunders, 1965

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Alluvial W placer

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 26-APR-1999 Cameron S. Rombach Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys