Wanberg Gold Mine

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002649
MRDS ID A015089
Record type Site
Current site name Wanberg Gold Mine

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -153.81745, 57.45633 (WGS84)
Relative position This site is on the beach near the workings of the Amok Gold Mining Company (ARDF No. KD001), and is located on the east side of Amook Bay in sec. 29, T. 31 S., R. 28 W., of the Seward Meridian. The Amok Gold Mine site is referenced by Martin 1913, locality 7; Berg and Cobb, 1967, figure 15, locality 12; Cobb, 1972, MF 460, locality 2; McGee, 1972, locality 9; and MacKevett and Holloway 1977, locality 2. Site location is accurate to within a few hundred feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 274
USGS model code 36a.1
Deposit model name Low-sulfide Au-quartz vein, Chugach-type
Mark3 model number 26

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Slate
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous

Nearby scientific data

(1) -153.81745, 57.45633

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = At this site an auriferous quartz vein crops out on the beach near the Amok Gold Mine workings. A Mr. Wanberg is said to have mined some $8,000 worth of gold over a 3 or 4 year period.
  • Age = Cretaceous or younger

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 Kodiak

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = This vein was mined prior to 1912 and was said to have produced $8,000 (approximately 400 ounces) in gold over a 3 or 4 year period. Milling was done by an arrastre.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015089
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF KD002

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Martin, G.C., 1913, Mineral deposits of Kodiak and neighboring islands, in Brooks, A.H., and others, Mineral resources of Alaska, 1912: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 542, p. 125-136.

  • Deposit

    Capps, S.R., 1937, Kodiak and adjacent islands, Alaska, in Smith, P.S. and others, Mineral resources of Alaska, 1934: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 880, p. 111-184, 1 map sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., and Cobb, E.H., 1967, Metalliferous Lode Deposits of Alaska. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1246, 254 p.

  • Deposit

    McGee, D.L., 1972, Kodiak Island and vicinity, Alaska, geology and mineral resources: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Open-File Report 31, 7 p., 1 map sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Kodiak quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-460, 1 map sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous mineral deposits in the western part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-F, 38 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1979, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Afognak, Karluk, Kodiak, and Trinity Islands quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 79-860, 49 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Martin, 1913

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Chugach-type low-sulfide gold-quartz vein (Bliss, 1992; model 36a.1), turbidite-hosted gold vein.
Deposit Other Comments = This site is located on land conveyed to the Koniag Corporation.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 23-SEP-1998 S.H. Pilcher U.S. Geological Survey