Tamarack Creek

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002579
MRDS ID A015015
Record type Site
Current site name Tamarack Creek
Related records 10233802

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -156.52353, 63.09416 (WGS84)
Relative position Tamarack Creek is a short, northwest-flowing tributary of Spruce Creek; Spruce Creek is about 3.5 miles south of Ophir. The coordinates are at the placer mine marked near the mouth of Tamarack Creek on the U.S. Geological Survey Ophir A-2 topographic map (1954, minor revisions 1965), in NW1/4 sec. 2, T. 28 S., R. 12 E., Kateel River Meridian. Tamarack Creek is locality 18 of Cobb (1972 [MF 367]). The location is accurate within 100 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Silver Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Ore Material = Silver (native)

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Ilmenite Ore
Magnetite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Silver Ore

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) -156.52353, 63.09416

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The rocks in the vicinity of Tamarack creek are shale and siltstone. The creek probably also drains Cretaceous or Tertiary monzonite plutons, and dikes of various compositions (Chapman and others, 1985). These intrusive rocks probably are the source of the placer gold in Tamarack Creek (Bundtzen and others, 1987).? Heavy minerals in pan concentrates from Tamarack Creek include magnetite, ilmenite, pyrite, pyroxene, amphibole, and several grains of native silver (Bundtzen and others, 1987). Mertie (1936) reports that a paystreak yielding good returns was being mined in 1934.? Production from Tamarack Creek probably is combined with production figures for Spruce Creek (OP026).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Mining district

District name Innoko

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Production from Tamarack Creek probably is combined with production for Spruce Creek (OP026).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Mertie (1936) reports that a paystreak yielding good returns was being mined in 1934.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015015
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF OP027

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1936, Mineral deposits of the Ruby-Kuskokwim region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 864-C, 115-245.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Ophir quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-367, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction material) in the Iditarod and Ophir quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-576, 101 p.

  • Deposit

    Chapman, R.M., Patton, W.W., and Moll, E.J., 1985, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Ophir quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 85-203, 1 sheet, 1:250,000 scale.

  • Deposit

    Bundtzen, T.K., Green, C.B., Deagen, J., and Daniels, C.L., 1987, Alaska's mineral industry, 1986: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Special Report 40, 68 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Mertie, 1936

General comments

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

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 07-AUG-01 Cameron, C.E. Northern Associates Inc.