Lynx Claim

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Tungsten

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002052
MRDS ID A012902
Record type Site
Current site name Lynx Claim
Alternate or previous names Glacier Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.40911, 64.59789 (WGS84)
Relative position The Lynx claim is at an elevation of about 150 feet on the north bank of Glacier Creek, opposite the mouth of Snow Gulch (NM222). The map location is in the NE1/4 section 26, T. 9 S., R. 10 W., Kateel River Meridian and it is probably accurate to within about 500 feet. It is included in locality 101 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
Tungsten Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Gold Ore
Pyrite Ore
Scheelite Ore
Albite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Albitization; introduction of pyrite and arsenopyrite in schist.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 273
USGS model code 36a
Deposit model name Low-sulfide Au-quartz vein
Mark3 model number 27

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.40911, 64.59789

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This deposit consists of sulfide- and scheelite-bearing quartz veins, layers, and lenses as much as 6 inches thick separated by sulfide-bearing schist. The quartz bodies are parallel to the foliation in the schist. The deposit was first reported by Collier and others (1908, p. 193) as a gold prospect. Selected samples contained as much as 0.5 ounce of gold per ton. The same locality was probably reported as the Lynx claim by Mertie (1918 [B 662-I, p. 457]). The deposit was developed by a 60-foot shaft. Scheelite, quartz, and sulfidized schist were run through a sluice box, and about 600 pounds of scheelite were recovered. A dredge working below the deposit recovered scheelite in placer gold concentrates. Cathcart (1922, p. 241) reported a 20-foot-long adit at about the same location. The adit exposed a 1-foot quartz-feldspar vein within highly sulfidized schist walls. Cathcart (1922, p. 234, 241-242) described other nearby deposits, including mineralized schist similar to Sophie Gulch (NM208), in a gully south of Glacier Creek immediately above Snow Gulch. At that location, a quartz-feldspar vein cuts contorted sulfidized schist. Anderson (1947) reported scheelite and stibnite in prospects in the Glacier Creek--Snow Gulch area.
  • Age = Mid-Cretaceous; veins cross cut regionally metamorphosed schist; see NM207.

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 = A 60-foot shaft and several short adits were driven during or before 1920; the deposit was discovered before 1903 (Collier and others, 1908).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012902
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM221

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

    Cathcart, S.H., 1922, Metalliferous lodes in southern Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 722, p. 163-261.

  • 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., 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

    Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1918, Placer mining on Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662, p. 451-458.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Mertie, 1918

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Low-sulfide Au-quartz veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Hawley, C.C. Hawley Resource Group
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Travis L. Hudson Hawley Resource Group