Olive Creek Placer

Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Mercury, Chromium, Tungsten

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10107555
MRDS ID A015489
Record type Site
Current site name Olive Creek Placer
Related records 10257402

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.5086, 65.48856 (WGS84)
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • USGS MF-413, LOC. 72. TAILINGS MARKED ALONG OLIVE CREEK IN THE EXTREME NE CORNER OF LIVENGOOD (B-4). COORDINATES GIVEN FOR BUILDINGS ADJACENT TO TAILINGS. LAND STATUS VALUE CALCULATED 6-94 USING GIS OVERLAY ANALYSIS WITH BLM 1:2,500,000 SCALE OWNERSHIP STATUS MAP (1991).

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Mercury Tertiary
Chromium Tertiary
Tungsten Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore
Gold Ore
Ilmenite Gangue
Limonite Gangue
Magnetite Gangue
Picotite Gangue
Pyrite Gangue
Zircon Gangue
Chromite Unknown
Scheelite Unknown

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel

Nearby scientific data

(1) -148.5086, 65.48856

Comments on the geologic information

  • CREEK DRAINS SE FLANK OF MONEY DOME. ; MAJOR.UNITS: BEDROCK IS LARGELY SLATY SHALE AND SANDSTONE; CHERT, ARGILLITE, AND SERPENTINITE NEAR HEAD; INTRUDED BY NOW HIGHLY ALTERED FELSIC ROCKS. ; REG.COM: SOURSE OF GOLD AND HEAVY MINERALS IS MONEY DOME GRANITIC INTRUSIVE TO NORTH.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Year of first production 1914

Mining district

District name Tolovana

Comments on development

  • OLIVE CR. WAS A MAJOR PLACER-GOLD PRODUCER 1914-63; PROBABLY A LITTLE PRODUCTION 1964-77. MOST OF MINING BY OPEN-CUT HYDRAULIC METHODS. MINING IN 1975 BY NON-FLOAT METHODS AND BULLDOZER.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015489

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS MF-413 (B-4), LOC. 72

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL. 662, P. 271-272

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL. 712, P. 182-183

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit FINE GOLD IN LOWER 7-15 FEET OF GRAVEL; A LITTLE COARSE GOLD ON SANDSTONE BEDROCK. GOLD IN STREAM AND BENCH PLACERS. ON DISCOVERY CLAIM FINE GOLD IS IN LOWER 7 FT. OF 10 FT. OF ANGULAR SLIDE GRAVEL ON SANDSTONE BEDROCK; PAYSTREAK KNOWN TO BE 300 FEET WIDE. ON CLAIM NO. 2 BELOW DISCOVERY 14 FT. OF GRAVEL ABOVE CLAY FALSE BEDROCK IS AURIFEROUS; PAYSTREAK AT LEAST 350 FT. WIDE. SOME GOLD ON SANDSTONE BEDROCK AND SOME ON FALSE BEDROCK 80 FT. ABOVE TRUE BEDROCK.
Deposit STREAM GRADIENT IS ABOUT 200 FEET PER MILE. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT
Deposit THIS SITE NAME WAS CREATED BY THE REPORTER OR OTHER USGS EMPLOYEE BASED ON PROXIMITY TO SOME MAJOR GEOGRAPHIC FEATURE.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-JUL-1987 Powers, M.T. (Huber, D.F.) U.S. Geological Survey