Nelson Gulch

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Tungsten

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10009528
MRDS ID D002569
Record type Site
Current site name Nelson Gulch

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.17635, 64.76818 (WGS84)
Relative position Nelson Gulch is an unnamed small, west-flowing drainage about one-half mile south of Rocky Mountain Creek. The scheelite occurrence is at an elevation of about 1,450 feet in Nelson Gulch and about 1.4 miles due east of the mouth of Rocky Mountain Creek. The occurrence is locality 14 of Hummel (1962 [MF 248]) and is probably the vein occurrence cited by Coats (1944) as being south of Rocky Mountain Creek. It is included with other nearby tungsten occurrences as locality 20 of Cobb (1975) and is locality 33 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]). The prospect is located within about 500 feet of the coordinates.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Tungsten Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Scheelite Ore
Albite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.17635, 64.76818

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Nelson Gulch prospect is a scheelite-bearing quartz vein or veins. On the basis of the size of abundant float in the area, the scheelite-bearing vein is as much as 1.5 feet wide (Coats, 1944, p. 4-6). Albite and some gold also occur with the scheelite. The Nelson Gulch prospect is the southernmost of several scheelite occurences between this locality and the Christian Creek prospect (NM075), 1.6 miles to the north. The rocks in the area consist of interlayered marble and metasedimentary schist (Hummel, 1962 [MF 248]). A prominent marble layer apparently underlies the scheelite-bearing vein. The schistosity and layering strike northerly and dip at shallow angles to the east.
  • Age = Probably mid-Cretaceous or younger; post-dates regional metamorphism.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The area was explored for scheelite and other strategic minerals during World War II. The lodes were apparently not mined, but attempts were made to recover scheelite from the placers in this area.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS D002569
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM081

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Hummel, C.L., 1962, Preliminary geologic map of the Nome D-1 quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-248, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-463, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File report 78-93, 213 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1975, Tungsten occurrences in Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Investigations Resource Map MR-66, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Coats, 1944

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Low-sulfide, scheelite-bearing quartz vein with some gold.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 22-OCT-99 Hawley, C.C. Hawley Resource Group
Reporter 22-OCT-99 Travis L. Hudson Hawley Resource Group