Goldbottom Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Tungsten

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10090684
MRDS ID D002602
Record type Site
Current site name Goldbottom Creek
Related records 10185168

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -163.91636, 64.95544 (WGS84)
Relative position Goldbottom Creek is a north tributary to the Niukluk River. The mouth of Goldbottom Creek is across the river from Camp Creek (SO057) and about 6 miles upstream from the mouth of Ophir Creek (SO053). Mining may have taken place at several locations along Goldbottom Creek. The location used here is 1.6 miles upstream from the mouth at the confluence with Warm Creek (SO054), an east tributary. The elevation at this location is about 175 feet. This is locality 116 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Tungsten Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Scheelite Ore
Garnet Gangue
Hematite Gangue
Ilmenite 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) -163.91636, 64.95544

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Placer mining started early and about 485 ounces of gold ($10,000) were produced in 1900 (Brooks and others, 1901). Small dredges operated from 1909 to at least 1911. A heavy-mineral concentrate from near the mouth of Warm Creek (SO054) contained gold, hematite, ilmenite, garnet, and scheelite. Gravels were 5 to 6 feet thick and the gold, recovered from the lower 2 feet of gravel and 1 foot of bedrock, was coarse, well-rounded and mostly bright (Collier and ohters, 1908). Bedrock schist, marble, and some greenstone contains numerous pyrite-bearing quartz veins and lenses. Most of the drainage is probably underlain by a lower Paleozoic metasedimentary assemblage (Till and others, 1986).
  • 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 Council

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = About 485 ounces of gold ($10,000) were produced in 1900 (Brooks and others, 1901).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Placer mining started early and about 485 ounces of gold ($10,000) were produced in 1900 (Brooks and others, 1901). Small dredges operated from 1909 to at least 1911.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS D002602
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF SO058

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., Richardson, G. B., and Collier, A. J., 1901, Reconnaissance in the Cape Nome and Norton Bay regions, Alaska, in 1900: U.S. Geological Survey Special Publication, p. 1-180.

  • 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

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic resources map of the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-445, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-181, 185 p.

  • Deposit

    Till, A.B., Dumoulin, J.A., Gamble, B. ., Kaufman, D.S., and Carroll, P.I., 1986, Preliminary geologic map and fossil data, Soloman, Bendeleben, and southern Kotzebue quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 86-276, 10 p., 3 plates, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Collier and others, 1908

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 19-AUG-1999 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology