Unnamed (Christian Creek)

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001969
MRDS ID A012812
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (Christian Creek)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.18858, 64.79262 (WGS84)
Relative position The prospect is near the forks on the south side of the canyon of Christian Creek at an elevation of about 500 feet. Christian Creek is an east tributary to upper Nome River. It is locality 33 of Hummel (1962 [MF 248]), and locality 41 of Hummel (1975) and included in locality 31 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]). The prospect is located within about 1,000 feet of the coordinates.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Ore Material = copper carbonates
  • Ore Material = copper carbonates

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) Possible development of silica-rich layers; formation of white mica; bleaching of marble; oxidation.

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.18858, 64.79262

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The prospect is a copper-bearing mineral occurrence contained within calcareous metasedimentary rocks (Hummel,1962 [MF 248]). It appears to be on the north or hanging wall side of the same fault structure that is adjacent to a nearby scheelite prospect (NM075). The prospect belongs to the same class of stratabound copper deposits as those at Copper Creek (NM053) and Copper Mountain (NM054) identified by Hummel (1975) as occurrences or prospects in silicified marble, that contain visible sulfide or other ore minerals.
  • Age = Late Proterozoic, early Paleozoic, or mid-Cretaceous.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = A surface prospect pit or trench may be present.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012812
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM074

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Hummel, C.L., 1962, Preliminary geologic map of the Nome D-1 quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-248, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-463, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Hummel, C.L., 1975, Mineral deposits and occurrences, and associated altered rocks, in southwest Seward Peninsula, western Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 75-2, 1 sheet, scale 1:125,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File report 78-93, 213 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Hummel, 1962 (MF 248)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Carbonate-hosted, copper-bearing silica-rich rock.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 22-OCT-99 Hawley, C.C. Hawley Resource Group
Reporter 22-OCT-99 Travis L. Hudson Hawley Resource Group