Bonanza Creek Placer

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Tungsten, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003167
MRDS ID A015701
Record type Site
Current site name Bonanza Creek Placer

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -160.74348, 64.54521 (WGS84)
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • LUSGS MF-381, LOC. 2. MINE TAILINGS AND CAMP MARKED ON NORTON BAY (C-4). 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 Secondary
Antimony Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Ilmenite Gangue
Scheelite Unknown
Stibnite Unknown

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel

Nearby scientific data

(1) -160.74348, 64.54521

Comments on the geologic information

  • SULFIDE-BEARING GRANITIC ROCKS CUT CRETACEOUS SEDIMENTARY ROCKS. ; REG.COM: GOLD IN PLACERS PROBABLY DERIVED FROM CONTACT ZONES BETWEEN MESOZOIC SEDIMENTARY ROCKS AND INTRUSIVE GRANITE.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1899
Discoverer Thomas Moon

Mining district

District name Koyuk

Comments on the production information

  • GOLD AND A FEW POUNDS OF SCHEELITE CONCENTRATE PRODUCED.

Comments on development

  • GOLD DISCOVERED IN 1899; MINING OF CREEK AND BENCH PLACER CONTINUED UNTIL 1918 OR LATER. DREDGE REPORTED AS ON BONANZA CR. AND UNGALIK R., 1938-40, WAS PROBABLY MINING GRAVELS OF UNGALIK R. NEAR MOUNT OF BONANZA CREEK.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015701

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS BULLETIN 449, P. 105-109.

  • Deposit

    USGS BULLETIN 649, P. 64

  • Deposit

    USGS BULLETIN 1374, P. 80.

  • Deposit

    USGS BULLETIN 480, P. 52.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit GOLD IN STREAM AND BENCH PLACERS. PAY STREAK 400 FT. WIDE ON LOWER CLAIM. PAY STREAK NARROWS UPSTREAM AND AT THE NORTHERN LINE OF CLAIM NO. 1 ABOVE DISCOVERY THE WIDTH IS ONLY ABOUT 75 FT. IN PLACES 3 FT. OF ANGULAR BLACKY SLATE HAD TO BE PICKED UP TO RECOVER THE PAY VALUES, BUT OVER MUCH OF THE BENCH GROUND IT WAS NECESSARY TO TAKE UP ONLY FROM 12 TO 18 INCHES.
Deposit ONLY PRODUCTIVE PLACERS OF NORTON BAY REGION. STREAM GRADIENT UNDER 50 FT. PER MILE. CREEK THOUGH TO BE MINED OUT. ; 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.

Reporter information

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