Arizona Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001878
MRDS ID A012700
Record type Site
Current site name Arizona Creek
Related records 10208684

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -164.7895, 65.61043 (WGS84)
Relative position Arizona Creek is a west tributary to Kougarok River. The mouth of Arizona Creek is 4.5 miles south of Taylor and 1.7 miles west of the Nome-Taylor road. Sainsbury and others (1969) show 1,500 feet of placer mine workings on the main channel starting 1,500 feet upstream of the mouth. This is locality 32 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).
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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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -164.7895, 65.61043

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Sainsbury and others (1969) show 1,500 feet of placer mine workings on the main channel of Arizona Creek starting 1,500 feet upstream of the mouth. Much of the early placer mining here was on bench gravels at elevations of 20 to 70 feet above the floodplain (Collier and others, 1908; Smith, 1909). The bench placers arer probably in gravels related to locally preserved Kougarok River terraces.
  • Age = Quaternary; placers on present floodplains are probably the result of at least two cycles of erosion and placer development.

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 Kougarok

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface open-cut placer workings, at least 1,500 feet, are on the main channel of Arizona Creek starting 1,500 feet upstream of the mouth. Much of the early placer mining here was on bench gravels at elevations of 20 to 70 feet above the floodplain (Collier and others, 1908; Smith, 1909).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012700
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BN028

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

    Sainsbury, C.L., Kachadoorian, Reuban, Hudson, Travis, Smith, T.E., Richards, T.R., and Todd, W.E., 1969, Reconnaissance geologic maps and sample data, Teller A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1, B-2, B-3, C-1, and Bendeleben A-6, B-6, C-6, D-5, and D-6 quadrangles. Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 377, 49 p., 12 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1975, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Bendeleben quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 75-429, 123 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Bendeleben quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-417, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1909, Recent developments in southern Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 379-F, p. 267-301.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cobb, 1975 (OFR 75-429)

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 15-MAR-1999 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology