Lignite Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10093984
MRDS ID A011346
Record type Site
Current site name Lignite Creek
Alternate or previous names Hoseanna Creek
Related records 10136711

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.90288, 63.90962 (WGS84)
Relative position This placer prospect is on Lignite Creek, about 3 miles upstream from its junction with the Nenana River. The map site is near the mouth of Frances Creek, in sec. 3, T. 12 S., R. 7 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian.
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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) -148.90288, 63.90962

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Lignite Creek drains an Eocene to Miocene sequence of poorly consolidated, pebbly sandstone, claystone and subituminous coal. The sequence pinches out northward and is overlapped unconformably by Tertiary Nenana Gravel (Wilson and others, 1998). The southern edge of the Lignite Creek drainage basin is underlain by of Birch Creek Schist. Placer gold has been reported in Lignite Creek near the mouth of Frances Creek. The sources of the gold probably are paleoplacers in the Nenana Gravel.
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Bonnifield

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface workings prior to 1918.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011346
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF HE015

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Maddren, A.G., 1918, Gold placers near the Nenana coal field: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662, p. 363-402.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Healy quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-1062, 113 p.

  • Deposit

    Wilson, F.H., Dover, J.H., Bradley, D.C., Weber, F.R., Bundtzen, T.K., and Haeussler, P.J., 1998, Geologic map of central (interior) Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-133, 17 p., 2 sheetsm, scale 1:500,000.

  • Deposit

    Joesting, H.R., 1942, Antimony and tungsten deposits in the Fairbanks and adjacent districts: Alaska Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 194-11, 25 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cobb, 1978 (OFR 78-1062)

General comments

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

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 07-APR-2000 N. Van Wyck Stevens Exploration Management Corporation