Little Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Mercury

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002623
MRDS ID A015059
Record type Site
Current site name Little Creek
Related records 10282813

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -158.69484, 62.02548 (WGS84)
Relative position USGS MF-363, Loc. 15. 4.5 miles upstream from mouth of Littler Creek.; Accurate within 1/4 mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Mercury Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore
Gold Ore
Quartz 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 Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Shale
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Siltstone

Nearby scientific data

(1) -158.69484, 62.02548

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Placer gold and cinnabar is found in the middle course of the creek. Gold is reported to be evenly distributed in a continuous pay streak. Pebbles of vein quartz are abundant in gravel. Overburden is about 12 ft. thick. Area was prospected intermittently from 1910 to 1981.
  • Age = Tertiary/Quaternary

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Iditarod

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015059
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF ID156

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cady, W.M., Wallace, R.E., Hoare, J.M., and Webber, E.J., 1955, The central Kuskokwim region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 268, 132 p.

  • 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

    Miller, M.L., Bundtzen, T.K., Keith, W.J., Bailey, E.A., Bickerstaff, Damon, 1996, Geology and mineral resources of the Stuyahok area, part of Holy Cross A-4 and A-5 quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-505-A, 30 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Iditarod quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-363, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cady and others, 1955

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer: stream
Deposit Other Comments = Stream gradient about 50 ft. per mile.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 25-MAY-1994 Powers, M.T. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 25-MAY-1994 Huber, D.F. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 25-MAY-1994 Miller, M.L. U.S. Geological Survey