Adams Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001796
MRDS ID A012602
Record type Site
Current site name Adams Creek
Related records 10111806

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -164.45217, 64.70625 (WGS84)
Relative position Adams Creek is the main headwater tributary to Shovel Creek (SO017). Very little mining is reported for this creek and the location of workings is uncertain; probably within 1.5 miles of the coordinates. This is locality 88 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Garnet Gangue
Magnetite Gangue

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) -164.45217, 64.70625

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Gold was discovered early on Adams Creek and small-scale mining produced 50 to 60 ounces on one claim in 20 days (Brooks and others, 1901). The stream gravels are 4 to 6 feet thick and heavy mineral concentrate contains garnet and magnetite. The active drainage is incised 5 feet into an alluvial terrace. Bedrock in the area is mostly part of a metavolcanic assemblage thought to be Ordovician in age (Till and others, 1986).
  • 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 Nome

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Brooks and others (1901) report that 50 to 60 ounces of gold (worth $19.40 per ounce) were recovered in a 20-day period from one claim.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Small-scale sluicing took place somewhere on the drainage in 1900.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012602
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF SO031

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., Richardson, G. B., and Collier, A. J., 1901, Reconnaissance in the Cape Nome and Norton Bay regions, Alaska, in 1900: U.S. Geological Survey Special Publication, p. 1-180.

  • 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

    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 = Brooks and others, 1901

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