Discovery Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307338
Record type Site
Current site name Discovery Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -149.77334, 67.5797 (WGS84)
Relative position Discovery Creek, which is not named on the topographic map, drains the south flank of Sukakpak Mountain. It is about 1 1/2 miles long and heads in the area of the Sukakpak Sb-Au vein prospect (CH076). The point of reference is near the mouth of the creek (sec. 22, T. 32 N., R. 10 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian), but the site of any placer mining on the creek is not known. The location is accurate within a 1/2-mile radius.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Antimony Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Stibnite 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) -149.77334, 67.5797

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Discovery Creek drains the Sukakpak Sb-Au vein occurrence (CH076), and the creek gravels contain clasts of stibnite-quartz vein material (Dillon, 1982). Although there is evidence of early workings on the creek (Dillon, 1982), there are no published descriptions of the deposit. The presence of gold in the creek is substantiated by reports of gold recovered with a suction dredge in 1982 (Dillon, 1982).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Not determined

Mining district

District name Koyukuk

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Recent (about 1982) testing with suction dredge and evidence of drift mining in the early 1900s (Dillon, 1982).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CH077

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Dillon, J.T., 1982, Source of lode and placer gold deposits of the Chandalar and upper Koyukuk Districts: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Open-File Report 158, 25 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Huber, J.A., 1988, The geology and mineralization of the Sukakpak Mountain area, Brooks Range, Alaska: Fairbanks, Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks, M.Sc. thesis, 81 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Dillon, 1982

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Deposit Other Comments = See also: Sukakpak Mountain (CH076).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 17-NOV-99 J.M. Britton U.S. Geological Survey