Watana Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Platinum

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003530
MRDS ID A106288
Record type Site
Current site name Watana Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.22275, 62.8596 (WGS84)
Relative position On Watana Creek 1.8 mi (2.9 km) upstream from confluence with Susitna River; location accurate to within 1/2 mi (800 m).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Platinum Secondary

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) -148.22275, 62.8596

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Alluvial deposits.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Valdez Creek

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Stream placer claims staked during 1979. Analysis of stream-sediment samples yielded 3.5 ppm Au (Balen, 1990).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A106288
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF TK026

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Kurtak, J.M., Southworth, D.D., Balen, M.D., and Clautice, K.H., 1992, Mineral investigations in the Valdez Creek mining district, south-central Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 1-92, 659 p., 2 plates, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Balen, M.D., 1990, Geochemical sampling results from the Bureau of Mines investigations in the Valdez Creek mining district, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 34-90, 218 p., 2 plates, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Balen, 1990

General comments

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

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-AUG-1996 Riehle, J. U.S. Geological Survey