Hungry Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Bismuth, Iron, Titanium

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002027
MRDS ID A012874
Record type Site
Current site name Hungry Creek
Related records 10160797

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.69996, 64.66595 (WGS84)
Relative position Hungry Creek is an east tributary of Oregon Creek. The mouth of Hungry Creek is three quarters of a mile upstream of the junction of Oregon Creek and Cripple River at the Nome-Teller road. It has been mined for about 2 miles from near its mouth upstream nearly to an auriferous south branch called May Creek (NM176). The coordinate location is the approximate mid-point of the workings; it is accurate to within about 1,000 feet. This is locality 76 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Bismuth Secondary
Iron Secondary
Titanium Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Bismuth Ore
Gold Ore
Ilmenite Ore
Magnetite Ore
Rutile Ore
Garnet 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 Metamorphic Rock > Schist

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.69996, 64.66595

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Placer gold mining on Hungry Creek began soon after discovery in July, 1900. In 1903, there were three mines in operation, but most of the creek had some prospecting or mining by then (Collier and others, 1908). The creek had numerous rounded granitic boulders, derived from the Kigluaik Mountains; some of the pay gravel was decomposed chloritic schist fragments with intermixed boulders. Gold was accompanied by a small quantity of rounded bismuth nuggets as much as an ounce in weight. Magnetite was the most abundant mineral in the associated heavy mineral concentrates. In addition to mining on one of its headwater tributaries, May Creek (NM176), a small north tributary called Trilby Creek (NM177) was also placer mined. Trilby Creek is possibly located along the Aurora fault of Bundtzen and others (1994).? the lower part of Hungry Creek locally flows over dolostone. The dolostone may be alteration products like the dolostone at the many iron oxide deposits of the Sinuk River area (Bundtzen and others, 1994); an example is the nearby Cleveland occurrence (NM161). Bedrock on a part of the creek above a strong northeast fault is mainly the porphyroclastic graphitic schist unit of Bundtzen and others (1994). The fault, named the Aurora fault by Bundtzen and others (1994), is locally mineralized with antimony or gold (see NM157, for example).
  • 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 workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Small-scale surface workings are present.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012874
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM149

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 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

    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.

  • Deposit

    Bundtzen, T.K., Reger, R.D., Laird, G.M., Pinney, D.S., Clautice, K.H., Liss, S.A., and Cruse, G.R., 1994, Progress report on the geology and mineral resources of the Nome mining district: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Public Data-File 94-39, 21 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Collier and others, 1908

General comments

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

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 12-MAR-00 Hawley, C.C. Hawley Resource Group
Reporter 12-MAR-00 Travis L. Hudson Hawley Resource Group