Cub Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003181
MRDS ID A015717
Record type Site
Current site name Cub Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -161.03333, 65.5094 (WGS84)
Relative position The Cub Creek placer mine is along lower Cub Creek, a tributary to Bear Creek. The map site is in section 6, T. 1 N., R. 11 W., of the Kateel River Meridian. Cobb, 1972 (MF-389), location 31.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Ore Material = uranothorianite

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Pyrite Ore
Magnetite 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 Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Syenite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Monzonite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -161.03333, 65.5094

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Bedrock in the general area of the Cub Creek mine includes syenite of the Late Cretaceous Granite Mountain pluton, and, in the lower portion of the creek, Jurassic-Cretaceous andesite and greenstone. Creek boulders are largely syenite, monzonite, or diorite. The deposit is a gold placer; gold is distributed through 2 feet of gravel overlying bedrock. The gold is fine and flaky and assays $19.20 per ounce (gold at $20.67/ounce) (Harrington, 1919). Concentrates contain a little pyrite and abundant magnetite (Moffit, 1905). Gault and others (1953) found uranothorianite in the placer concentrates on Cub Creek and its headwaters.
  • Age = Quaternary.

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 Fairhaven

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Some prospecting cuts were made in 1964, but there was no mining at that time.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015717
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CA024

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., 1904, The Kotzebue placer gold field of Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 225, p. 74-80.

  • Deposit

    Henshaw, F.F., 1909, Mining in the Fairhaven precinct: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 379, p. 355-369.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S. and Eakin, H.M., 1910, Mineral resources of the Nulato-Council region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 442, 432 p.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S. and Eakin, H.M., 1911, Mineral resources of Alaska 1910: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 480, 333 p..

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1973, Placer deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1374, 213 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Candle, Holy Cross, Norton Bay, Nulato, and Unalakleet quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-866, 102 p.

  • Deposit

    Cass, J.T., 1959, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Candle quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-287, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Candle Quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-389, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., 1905, The Fairhaven gold placers, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 247, 85 p.

  • Deposit

    Gault, H.R., Killeen, P.L., West, W.S., and others, 1953, Reconnaissance for radioactive deposits in the northeastern part of the Seward Peninsula, Alaska, 1945-47 and 1951: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 250, 31 p.

  • Deposit

    Herreid, G.H., 1965, Geology of the Bear Creek area, Seward Peninsula, Candle quadrangle, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Geological Report 12, 16 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:40,000.

  • Deposit

    Harrington, G.L., 1919, The gold and platinum placers of the Kiwalik-Koyuk region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 692-G, p. 369-400.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Harrington, 1919; Gault and others, 1953

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Deposit Other Comments = Stream gradient 50 to 75 feet per mile.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 12-JAN-00 Williams, Anita U.S. Geological Survey