Laurada Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308007
Record type Site
Current site name Laurada Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.20696, 64.50279 (WGS84)
Relative position This alluvial placer mine is on Laurada Creek, a small east tributary to lower Nome River. It has been placer mined over most of its 1 mile length. The map location is at an elevation of about 50 feet in the lower part of the creek in the SE1/4 section 26, T. 11 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian.
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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) -165.20696, 64.50279

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Laurada Creek has been placer mined over most of its 1-mile length, probably at about the same time as mining on nearby Moss Gulch (NM275). Mining may also have occurred at other times, but it has not been reported. The headwaters of Laurada Creek are at elevations and physiographic settings where coastal plain deposits could be present. The deposit probably formed in part from reworking a Third Beach deposit on the flank of Army Hill (Metcalfe and Tuck, 1942, p. 32).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Placer mine tailings are present on Laurada Creek at a surface elevation of about 50 feet. Claim activity was reported as recently as 1968 and 1974 (Heiner and Porter, 1972; Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 1982).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM276

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Metcalfe, J.B., and Tuck, Ralph, 1942, Placer gold deposits of the Nome district, Alaska: Report for U.S. Smelting, Refining, and Mining Co., 175 p.

  • Deposit

    Heiner, L.E., and Porter, Eve, 1972, Alaska Mineral Properties, volume 2: University of Alaska, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory Report 24, 669 p.

  • Deposit

    Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 1982, Mining claim location maps -- Nome quadrangle: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 8 p., 3 sheets, scales 1:63,360 and 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Metcalfe and Tuck, 1942

General comments

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

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Hawley, C.C. and Hudson, Travis L. Hawley Resource Group