Rube Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Platinum, Uranium

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003187
MRDS ID A015724
Record type Site
Current site name Rube Creek
Related records 10184867

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -161.06331, 65.3594 (WGS84)
Relative position This placer mine is on lower Rube Creek in section 35, T. 1 S., R. 12 W., of the Kateel River Meridian. Cobb, 1972 (MF-389), location 38.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Platinum Secondary
Uranium Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Gangue = black garnet (melanite)
  • Gangue = Chrome spinel

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Platinum Ore
Hematite Gangue
Zircon 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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -161.06331, 65.3594

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Small-scale placer mining was done on lower Rube Creek in the early 1900's. Gold is concentrated on clay-rich, false bedrock and in the overlying 2 to 3 feet of gravel. Overburden is a variable thickness of barren gravel and sand and two feet or more of muck. A report of platinum is not verified. The heavy mineral concentrates include an unusual amount of black garnet (Harrington, 1919).
  • 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 Koyuk

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Small-scale placer mining was done on lower Rube Creek in the early 1900's. In 1945 the U.S. Geological Survey sampled the placer to evaluate its radioactive mineral potential. The site of old placer workings could not be found at that time. Little mining was done after the stampede in the early 1900's.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015724
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CA007

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Anderson, Eskil, 1947, Mineral occurrences other than gold deposits in northwestern Alaska: Alaska Territorial Division of Mines Pamphlet 5-R, 48 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

    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

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

  • 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

    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.

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 approximately 100 feet per mile in lower mile of creek.

Reporter information

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