Collins Creek

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Lead

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001896
MRDS ID A012723
Record type Site
Current site name Collins Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -163.20341, 65.89937 (WGS84)
Relative position Collins Creek is a southern tributary to Hannum Creek. The mouth of Collins Creek is 1.5 miles upstream of the confluence of Hannum Creek and Inmachuk River. This is locality 70 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Lead Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Gangue = lead carbonates

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Galena Gangue
Pyromorphite 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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -163.20341, 65.89937

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Coarse gold (Moffit, 1905) and lead minerals including lead carbonates, pyromorphite, and galena are reported from gravels in this creek (Anderson, 1947), but information about exploration or mining here is not available (Cobb, 1975, OFR 75-429). Bedrock of the area is a metasedimentary schist and marble sequence of Lower Paleozoic age (Till and others, 1986). Quaternary/Teritiary basalt flows locally cap ridges along the Hannum Creek valley.
  • 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 Fairhaven

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Some small open-cut placer mine workings may be present. Hannum Creek (BN057) has been placer mined at the mouth of Collins Creek.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012723
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BN112

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Anderson, Eskil, 1947, Mineral occurrences other than gold deposits in northwestern Alaska: Alaska Territorial Division of Mines Pamphlet 5-R, 48 p.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    Moffit, F.H., 1905, The Fairhaven gold placers, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 247, 85 p.

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