McAdam Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002864
MRDS ID A015347
Record type Site
Current site name McAdam Creek
Related records 10111973

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.69982, 64.03656 (WGS84)
Relative position Cobb (1972, MF-410), loc. 68; The McAdam Creek mine is located in the NE1/4 sec. 22, T. 10 S., R. 6 W., Fairbanks Meridian. McAdam Creek is a northwest-flowing tributary of California Creek about 9 miles southeast of Rex Dome. Placer mining has taken place along the lower one-half mile of the creek. The mine is locality 68 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410]).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold 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) -148.69982, 64.03656

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = A little placer mining took place along McAdam Creek in the 1930's (Moffit, 1933; Smith, 1933 [B 836-A]). Several types of bedrock have been mapped along Adam Creek. The headwater section drains an area underlain by the Moose Creek Member of the Totalanika Schist, which is composed of yellow quartz-orthoclase gneiss and schist; the Suntrana Formation, which is composed of poorly consolidated shale; and the California Creek Member of the Totatlanika Schist, which is composed of gray quartz-orthoclase-sericite schist and augen gneiss (Wahrhaftig, 1970 [GQ-810]). The mine area itself is underlain by a Miocene coal-bearing unit (Wahrhaftig, 1970 [GQ-810]).
  • Age = Quaternary placer.

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 Bonnifield

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = No information on production is available.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = A little placer mining took place along McAdam Creek in the 1930's (Moffit, 1933; Smith, 1933).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015347
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF FB138

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., 1933, Mining developments in the Tatlanika and Totatlanika basins: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 836-D, p. 339-345.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1933, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1930: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 836-A, p. 1-83.

  • Deposit

    Wahrhaftig, Clyde, 1970, Geologic map of the Fairbanks A-4 quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map GQ-810, 1 sheet, scale 1:63:360.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-410, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-662, 174 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cobb, 1976 (OFR 76-662)

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 31-JUL-2001 J.R. Guidetti Schaefer Avalon Development Corporation
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 C.J. Freeman Avalon Development Corporation