Alder Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003253
MRDS ID A016074
Record type Site
Current site name Alder Creek
Related records 10185282

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -166.18334, 65.06234 (WGS84)
Relative position Alder Creek is an east tributary to Gold Run who's mouth is 1.9 miles upstream of the confluence of Gold Run and Bluestone River. The old mining facilities of Sullivan's Camp are at the mouth of Alder Creek, 0.25 miles east of the Nome-Teller road. Gold mining reportedly took place along the lower main drainage for about a mile upstream from the mouth on Gold Run. Alder Creek was included as a part of locality 81 by Cobb and Sainsbury (1972). Cobb (1975) summarized relevant references under the name 'Alder Cr.'.
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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) -166.18334, 65.06234

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Bedrock in the Alder Creek drainage is a chlorite schist assemblage with local metamorphosed mafic intrusive bodies (Sainsbury, 1972). The age of this assemblage is not known but it is probably Paleozoic. Gold was discovered in 1900 and about 1mile of the lower creek was reported to have been mined by 1908 (Collier and others, 1908). The gravel is reported to be 4 feet thick over broken limestone bedrock 0.5 miles upstream of the mouth (Collier and others, 1908, p. 279-280). The muck here was also 4 feet thick. The coarse gold is well -rounded and accompanied by pyrite cubes in heavy mineral concentrates.
  • Age = Quaternary

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Port Clarence

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Not known

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • Reserves = Not defined

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Placer mining operations are reported to have taken place over about the lower 1 mile of the main drainage. This would be at surface elevations of 260 to 310 feet.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A016074
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF TE096

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Collier, A. J., Hess, F.L., Smith, P.S., and Brooks, A.H., 1908, The gold placers of parts of Seward Peninsula, Alaska, including the Nome, Council, Kougarok, Port Clarence, and Goodhope precincts: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 328, 343 p.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., Kachadoorian, Reuban, Hudson, Travis, Smith, T.E., Richards, T.R., and Todd, W.E., 1969, Reconnaissance geologic maps and sample data, Teller A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1, B-2, B-3, C-1, and Bendeleben A-6, B-6, C-6, D-5, and D-6 quadrangles. Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 377, 49 p., 12 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., 1972, Geologic map of the Teller quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Map I-685, 4 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Sainsbury, C.L., 1972, Metallic mineral resource map of the Teller quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-426, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1975, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Teller quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 75-587, 130 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Collier and others, 1908

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Alluvial Au placer (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-MAY-1998 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology