Silverbow Creek (Little Anvil Creek)

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001784
MRDS ID A012588
Record type Site
Current site name Silverbow Creek (Little Anvil Creek)
Related records 10282314

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -163.85326, 64.58932 (WGS84)
Relative position Silverbow Creek flows south to its mouth on Norton Sound, 3.1 miles west of Bluff and 2.6 miles northeast of Topkok. This is locality 107 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181). The location of mining on this creek is not well known; the location could be within 1 mile or more.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -163.85326, 64.58932

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Some placer mining took place locally on this creek up to 1930 (Cobb, 1978, OF 78-181); the presence of gold was first reported in 1908 (Collier and others, 1908). The placer deposits are apparently less extensive and lower grade than those on Daniels Creek (ARDF SO006), 3.1 miles to the east. Bedrock of the area is primarily a polydeformed, metapelitic schist of possible Precambrian age (Sainsbury and others, 1972); Till and others (1986) identify the Silverbow Creek drainage as an area of extensive Quaternary cover.
  • Age = Quaternary.

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 Council

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Some placer gold production from between 1908 and at least 1930.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Some open cut placer mine workings are probably locally present.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012588
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF SO009

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Collier, A. J., Hess, F.L., Smith, P.S., and Brooks, A.H., 1908, The gold placers of parts of Seward Peninsula, Alaska, including the Nome, Council, Kougarok, Port Clarence, and Goodhope precincts: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 328, 343 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic resources map of the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-445, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., Hudson, T.L., Ewing, R., and Marsh, W.R., 1972, Reconnaissance geologic maps of the Solomon D-5 and C-5 quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 511, 12 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-181, 185 p.

  • Deposit

    Till, A.B., Dumoulin, J.A., Gamble, B. ., Kaufman, D.S., and Carroll, P.I., 1986, Preliminary geologic map and fossil data, Soloman, Bendeleben, and southern Kotzebue quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 86-276, 10 p., 3 plates, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cobb, 1978 (OF 78-181)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 19-AUG-1999 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology