Ruth Creek Placer

Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Tungsten, Mercury, Chromium, Antimony, REE

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002981
MRDS ID A015483
Record type Site
Current site name Ruth Creek Placer
Related records 10160462

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.54332, 65.52134 (WGS84)
Location accuracy 250(meters)
Relative position WITHIN ONE MILE OF LIVENGOOD.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • USGS MF-413, LOC. 65. PLACER NEAR MOUTH OF RUTH CREEK, A TRIBUTARY OF LIVENGOOD CREEK. 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
Tungsten Tertiary
Mercury Tertiary
Chromium Tertiary
Antimony Tertiary
REE Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore
Gold Ore
Scheelite Ore
Pyrite Gangue
Chromite Unknown
Monazite Unknown
Stibnite Unknown

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Shale
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Chemical Sediment > Chert

Nearby scientific data

(1) -148.54332, 65.52134

Comments on the geologic information

  • BEDROCK APPEARS TO DIP AWAY FROM THE CREEK ON EACH SIDE, SO THAT THERE ARE TWO DEEPER AURIFEROUS CHANNELS. SUPERPOSITION OF DRAINAGE DUE TO SILTING HAS OCCURRED ON THE TRIBUTARIES OF LIVENGOOD CR., AS WELL AS ON THE MAIN STREAM. ; MAJOR.UNITS: BEDROCK IS A MIXTURE OF MANY KINDS OF DEVONIAN SEDIMENTARY ROCKS (INCLUDING MUCH BLACK CRYSTALINE LIMESTONE) AND A VARIETY OF INTRUSIVE ROCKS; BEDROCK MUCH SEAMED WITH CALCITE AND QUARTZ.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Year of first production 1916

Mining district

District name Tolovana

Comments on development

  • MINING FROM 1916 TO 1940'S; SMALL SCALE MINING AT VARIOUS TIMES IN THE 1960'S AND 1970'S. MINED BY OPEN-CUT, SLUICING, AND DRIFTING. MINED IN 1975 BY BULLDOZER.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015483

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS MF 413 (C-4), LOC. 65

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL 662, P. 269-270

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit STREAM GRADIENT ABOUT 500 FEET PER MILE. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT
Deposit THIS SITE NAME WAS CREATED BY THE REPORTER OR OTHER USGS EMPLOYEE BASED ON PROXIMITY TO SOME MAJOR GEOGRAPHIC FEATURE.
Deposit GOLD AT BASE OF GRAVEL AND IN TOP TWO FEET OF BEDROCK; PAYSTREAK 30-40 FT. WIDE.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-JUL-1987 Powers, M.T. (Huber, D.F.) U.S. Geological Survey