Nelson Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10097521
MRDS ID A012720
Record type Site
Current site name Nelson Creek
Alternate or previous names Nelson Gulch
Related records 10208674

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -163.18451, 65.84743 (WGS84)
Relative position Nelson Creek is a small north tributary to Old Glory Creek; the mouth of Nelson Creek is 6,500 feet upstream of the confluence of Old Glory Creek and American Creek. Old Glory Creek is a southwest tributary to Pinnell River. This is part of locality 72 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Garnet Gangue
Magnetite Gangue
Pyrite 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) -163.18451, 65.84743

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Nelson Creek is only about 3,000 feet long but gravel benches are present, at least near the mouth (related to Old Glory Creek ?). A placer cut here revealed (top to bottom): 18 inches of muck, up to 12 inches of blue clay, 24 inches of red clay, up to 60 inches of peaty material, and and 24 to 36 inches of gravel on schist bedrock. Gold is rough, angular, and associated with considerable quartz; placer concentrates contain considerable pyrite, some garnet, and a little magnetite (Moffit, 1905). Mineralized bedrock is exposed in one bench cut (BN059; Herried, 1966).
  • Age = Quaternary; two or more cycles of placer development are probably present in the area.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Fairhaven

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface, open-cut placer workings are present. These include some open cuts on a gravel bench near the mouth of the creek.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012720
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BN060

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Herried, G.H., 1965, Geology of the Omilak-Otter Creek area, Bendeleben quadrangle, Alaska: Alaska Division of Mines and Minerals Geological Report 11, 12 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1975, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Bendeleben quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 75-429, 123 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.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Bendeleben quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-417, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., 1905, The Fairhaven gold placers, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 247, 85 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Moffit, 1905

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 15-MAR-1999 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology