California Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10107529
MRDS ID A012699
Record type Site
Current site name California Creek
Related records 10185260, 10282117

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -164.81229, 65.63126 (WGS84)
Relative position California Creek is a small west tributary to Kougarok River. The mouth of California Creek is 3.2 miles south of Taylor. Sainsbury and others (1969) show the lower 1,500 feet of the main channel of California Creek to have been placer mined. This is locality 31 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

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) -164.81229, 65.63126

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The presence of gold on the active floodplain and on benches 20 feet above it was noted in early reports (Collier and others, 1908). Sainsbury and others (1969) show the lower 1,500 feet of the main channel of California Creek to have been placer mined but the early reports indicate the benches were also mined. Gold on the active floodplain may be reworked from the nearby benches and these are probably remnants of Kougarok River terraces. There may not be a local bedrock source for the gold mined here. Bedrock of the area is extensively coverd by tundra, but upland exposures are primarily Lower Paleozoic metasedimentary rocks (Sainsbury and others, 1969; Till and others, 1986).
  • Age = Quaternary; placers on present floodplains are probably the result of at least two cycles of erosion and placer development.

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 Kougarok

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Sainsbury and others (1969) show the lower 1,500 feet of the main channel of California Creek to have been open-cut placer mined but the early reports indicate the benches were also mined.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012699
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BN030

Bibliographic references

  • 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

    Sainsbury, C.L., Kachadoorian, Reuban, Hudson, Travis, Smith, T.E., Richards, T.R., and Todd, W.E., 1969, Reconnaissance geologic maps and sample data, Teller A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1, B-2, B-3, C-1, and Bendeleben A-6, B-6, C-6, D-5, and D-6 quadrangles. Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 377, 49 p., 12 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

  • 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.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cobb, 1975 (OFR 75-429)

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