Nelson Discovery No. 2

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307586
Record type Site
Current site name Nelson Discovery No. 2

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.65276, 63.04962 (WGS84)
Relative position Placer gold occurs along an unnamed, north-flowing tributary to Butte Creek. The occurrences extend for about a mile upstream from the map site, which is just north of the center of sec. 36, T. 21 S., R. 1 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. This site is location B-3 of Balen (1990: OFR 34-90). The location is accurate to within 1 mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


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) -147.65276, 63.04962

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This creek drains an area underlain by thrust slices of greenstone and turbidite. In addition to the gold there are reports of palladium in this placer (Balen, 1990: OFR 34-90). The source of the placer gold is unknown. The source of the palladium might be ultramafic rocks, such as those at HE159.
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Valdez Creek

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface workings only.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF HE167

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Balen, M.D., 1990, Geochemical sampling results from the Bureau of Mines Investigations in the Valdez Creek mining district, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 34-90, 218 p., 2 plates, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Balen, 1990 (OFR 34-90)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 07-APR-00 N. Van Wyck Stevens Exploration Management Corporation