Kisaralik River (Riglagalik River)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Tin

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307253
Record type Site
Current site name Kisaralik River (Riglagalik River)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -159.60277, 60.39932 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is assumed to be on the upper Kisaralik River, formerly called the Riglagalik River. Hoare and Cobb (1977), under the name 'Riglagalik R.', included an early report of a gold and possibly cassiterite occurrence on this river but a specific location was not available. For this record, the map site is in the SW1/4 of section 12, T 3 N, R 60 W, of the Seward Meridian.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Tin Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cassiterite Ore
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) -159.60277, 60.39932

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Kisaralik River is a large drainage that heads in the eastern part of the Bethel quadrangle. Fine gold (Brooks, 1912, p. 41) and cassiterite in heavy mineral concentrates (Martin, 1919, p. 43) have been reported at unkown locations on the Rigagalik River, an early name for the Kisaralik River (Hoare and Cobb, 1977, p. 21). Whereas placer gold is likely to have been found along many parts of Kisaralik River, such as at Golden Gate Falls (BH005), the presence of cassiterite has not been verified. For this record, the location of these reported occurrences is arbitrarily placed in the upper part of the river.
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Aniak

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Reconnaissance exploration for placer deposits has occurred along many parts of the Kisaralik River.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BH021

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., 1912, The Alaska mining industry in 1911, in Brooks, A.H., and others, Mineral resources of Alaska, 1911: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 520, p. 17-44.

  • Deposit

    Martin, G.C., 1919, Alaska Mining Industry in 1917: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 692, p. 11-42

  • Deposit

    Hoare, J.M., and Cobb, E.H., 1977, Mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Bethel, Goodnews, and Russian Mission quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-156, 98 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Bethel quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-455, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Hoare and Cobb, 1977

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au-PGE; with cassiterite ? (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 24-MAR-01 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology