Powers Creek Placer

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002412
MRDS ID A013332
Record type Site
Current site name Powers Creek Placer
Related records 10161296

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -133.50445, 57.76031 (WGS84)
Relative position 1.35 MI. NW OF VABM SUM, AT MOUTH OF POWERS CREEK
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • USGS B 1525, FIG. 74; USGS MF-425, LOC. 24. LOCATION IS AT MOUTH OF POWERS CREEK, PLACER EXTENDS DOWNSTREAM 0.1 MI. ALONG BEACH, UPSTREAM FOR UNKNOWN DISTANCE. LAND STATUS VALUE CALCULATED 6-94 USING GIS OVERLAY ANALYSIS WITH BLM 1:2,500,000 SCALE OWNERSHIP STATUS MAP (1991).

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Copper Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Unknown

Analytical data

Result UP TO 0.0031 OZ/CY, USGS B 1525, TABLE 33, SAMPLE 3K009

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Silt
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Holocene
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Sand and Gravel

Nearby scientific data

(1) -133.50445, 57.76031

Comments on the geologic information

  • MAJOR.UNITS: BEDROCK IS CRETACEOUS PHYILLITE AND SLATE ; REG.COM: SOURCE OF PLACER GOLD MAY BE RELATED TO SUMDUM COPPER-ZINC DEPOSIT (SD-13, 14) AT HEAD OF POWERS CREEK.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1869
Year of first production 1869
Year of last production 1911

Mining district

District name Petersburg

Land status

Ownership category National Forest

Comments on the workings information

  • METHOD OF WORKINGS UNKNOWN

Comments on development

  • POWERS CREEK PROSPECTED AND MINED INTERMITTENTLY FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS BEGINNING IN 1869. LAST ACTIVE CLAIM RECORDED IN 1911.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A013332

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS B 1525, P. 192-193, FIG. 74 (1984)

  • Deposit

    USGS OF 78-698, P. 23 (1978)

  • Other Database

    BAG-B-1525-FIG-74

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit THIS SITE NAME WAS CREATED BY THE REPORTER OR OTHER USGS EMPLOYEE BASED ON PROXIMITY TO SOME MAJOR GEOGRAPHIC FEATURE.
Deposit A FEW COLORS OF GOLD PANNED FROM SAMPLES OF SILT, SAND, AND GRAVEL TAKEN BETWEEN COBBLES AND LARGE BOULDERS IN STREAM BED, BANKS, AND BEACHES AT MOUTH OF POWERS CREEK.
Deposit STREAM GRADIENT 400 FT./MI. ON LOWER 0.5 MI. SECTION. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-JUN-1987 Niles, L.P. (Huber, D.F.) U.S. Geological Survey