Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003612
MRDS ID A106370
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -155.90271, 60.3894 (WGS84)
Relative position About 6.8 km west-northwest of VABM Overlook, where generally northward flowing tributaries enter the Mulchatna River. Sec. 32, T. 4 N., R. 38 W., of the Seward Meridian. Locality accurate within 1.6 km.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore


  • (Local) Not applicable

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) -155.90271, 60.3894

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Only information is that 162 placer gold claims were staked here near the Mulchatna River (U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1973).? the most abundant bedrock in the areas upstream of the claims is a Jurassic to Creataceous flysch sequence (Nelson and others, 1983; unit KJs). Unit KJs is described as interbedded lithic graywacke, silty sandstone, black shale , and local conglomerate. Irregular quartz segregations and veinlets are locally present. Scattered stocks and locally abundant dikes of intermediate to felsic composition intrude these sedimentary rocks. Adjacent to some of the larger igneous bodies are narrow contact aureoles of pelitic hornfels. Unit KJs is intruded (locally) by various Cretaceous to Tertiary plutons. The plutons include quartz monzonite, monzodiorite, grano-diorite, diorite, and rhyolite dikes. Also present is Unit Tv of Nelson and others (1983) which includes rhyolitic breccia, ash-flow tuff, flows, and intrusive rocks and subordinate mafic to intermediate flows. Potassium-argon ages for unit Tv range from 56.2 to 62.7 m.y. indicating a Tertiary age for these rocks (Eakins and others, 1978).?
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Mining district

District name Bristol Bay

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = No production

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • Reserves = No reserves

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Unknown

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A106370
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF LC027

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1973, Alaska 1:250,000-scale quadrangle map overlays showing mineral deposit locations, principal minerals, and number and type of claims: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 20-73, 95 overlays (updated in 1986, 1987).

  • Deposit

    Eakins, G.R., Gilbert W.G., and Buntzen, T.K., 1978, Preliminary bedrock geology and mineral resource potential of west-central Lake Clark quadrangle, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Open-File Report 118, 15 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Reed, B.L., 1981, Summaries of data on and lists of references to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral occurrences in the Iliamna, Lake Clark, Lime Hills, and McGrath quadrangles, Alaska - Supplement to Open-File Report 76-485: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 81-1343-A, 25 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1973

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Deposit Other Comments = Cobb and Reed (1981) mention gold in most river bars of the Mulchatna River, with most prospecting occurring around the late 1890's or early 1900's.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 15-JUN-1998 D.P. Bickerstaff U.S. Geological Survey