Dickens Creek

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Copper, Lead, Silver, Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307955
Record type Site
Current site name Dickens Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.21291, 64.86529 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is at 1,100 feet elevation in the headwaters of Dickens Creek, a east tributary to upper Nome River (Cathcart, 1922, fig. 15). It is 0.4 mile south of the Copper Mountain prospect (NM054).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Lead Primary
Silver Secondary
Gold Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Azurite Ore
Bornite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Malachite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Calcite Gangue
Mica Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.21291, 64.86529

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This is a copper occurrence that may be similar to other copper prospects in the area such as Copper Mountain (NM054), Copper King (NM051), and Copper Creek (NM053) that contain copper carbonate and copper sulfide-bearing, silica-rich zones in metacarbonate rocks. Country rocks at this locality are interlayered pelitic schist and marble (Thurston, 1985, figure 3A). The location is shown in figure 15 of Cathcart (1922) due south of locally named Copper Mountain. Country rock was mapped as chloritic, feldspathic, and graphitic schist containing many limestone units. The area appears to have been first visited by Smith (1908, p. 240-242), then by Moffit (1913, p. 134-135).
  • Age = Late Proterozoic, early Paleozoic, or Cretaceous.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Prospect pits.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM115

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1908, Investigations of mineral deposits of Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 345, p. 206-250.

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., 1913, Geology of the Nome and Grand Central quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 533, 140 p.

  • Deposit

    Cathcart, S.H., 1922, Metalliferous lodes in southern Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 722, p. 163-261.

  • Deposit

    Thurston, S.P., 1985, Structure, petrology, and metamorphic history of the Nome Group blueschist terrane, Salmon Lake area, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 96, p. 600-617.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cathcart, 1922

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Carbonate-hosted, sulfide-bearing silica-rich rock (?).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 22-OCT-99 Hawley, C.C. and Hudson, Travis L. Hawley Resource Group