Unnamed (along Kougarok River)

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307265
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (along Kougarok River)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -164.8014, 65.67932 (WGS84)
Relative position This location is for bedrock exposures in old placer workings on the west side of the former cummunity of Taylor. Taylor is located at the end of the Nome-Taylor road, on the west bank of Kougarok River, about 1,000 feet south of the mouth of Taylor Creek. This is locality 6 of Gamble (1988)
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Quartz veining and possibly clay alteration appear to be present.

Nearby scientific data

(1) -164.8014, 65.67932

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Graphitic metasedimentary rocks, exposed in old placer workings, contain numerous hydrothermally altered zones with fractured quartz veinlets and abundant pyrite (Sainsbury and others, 1969, p. 30). A sample of ribbon quartz contained 200 ppm As and a pyrite-rich pan concentrate from the altered zones contained 1.3 ppm Au, 2 ppm Ag, greater than 10,000 ppm As, 750 ppb Hg, 200 ppm Co, and weakly elevated base metals (Sainsbury and others, 1969, p. 39).
  • Age = Unknown but possibly Cretaceous; if gold-bearing lode structures are present here they may be similar in age to some lode gold deposits of southern Seward Peninsula. The southern Seward Peninsula lode gold deposits formed as a result of mid-Cretaceous metamorphism (Apodoca, 1994; Ford, 1993, Ford and Snee, 1996; Goldfarb and others, 1997) that accompanied regional extension (Miller and Hudson, 1991) and crustal melting (Hudson, 1994). This higher temperature metamorphism was superimposed on high pressure/low temperature metamorphic rocks of the region.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Kougarok

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The only workings here are from placer mining, including those from dragline operations.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BN036

Bibliographic references

  • 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

    Gamble, B.M., 1988, Non-placer mineral occurrences in the Solomon, Bendeleben, and southern part of the Kotzebue quadrangles, western Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Map MF-1838-B, 13 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Miller, E.L., and Hudson, T.L., 1991, Mid-Cretaceous extensional fragmentation of a Jurassic-Early Cretaceous compressional orogen, Alaska: Tectonics, v. 10, p. 781-796.

  • Deposit

    Apodoca, L. E., 1994, Genesis of lode gold deposits of the Rock Creek area, Nome mining district, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: Boulder, Colorado, University of Colorado, Ph.D. dissertation, 208 p.

  • Deposit

    Hudson, T.L. 1994, Crustal melting events in Alaska, in Plafker, G., and Berg, H. C., eds., The Geology of Alaska: Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America, The Geology of North America, v. G-1, p. 657-670.

  • Deposit

    Ford, R.C., and Snee, L.W., 1996, 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology of white mica from the Nome district, Alaska: The first ages of lode sources to placer gold deposits in the Seward Peninsula: Economic Geology, v. 91, p. 213-220.

  • Deposit

    Goldfarb, R.J., Miller, L.D., Leach, D.L., and Snee, L.W, 1997, Gold deposits in metamorphic rocks in Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, 482 p.

  • Deposit

    Ford, R.C., 1993, Geology, geochemistry, and age of gold lodes at Bluff and Mt. Distin, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: Golden, Colorado School of Mines, Ph.D. dissertation, 302 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Sainsbury and others, 1969

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Gold-bearing quartz veins and schist (?)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 15-MAR-99 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology