Center Creek Beach

Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308009
Record type Site
Current site name Center Creek Beach

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.41817, 64.51298 (WGS84)
Relative position Center Creek Beach is an irregular, buried, east-west gold placer deposit at elevations ranging from 10 feet above to 10 feet below sea level. It appears to extend as far west as Little Creek and as far east as Peluk Creek and is about half way between Submarine and Intermediate Beaches. The map location is at the south-central edge of section 23, T. 11 S., R. 34 W., Kateel River Meridian; it is located within about 1,000 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Ilmenite Ore
Magnetite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Garnet Gangue

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) -165.41817, 64.51298

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Center Creek Beach deposit is a rather diffuse, east-west aligned, marine concentration of placer gold about half way from the mouth of Center Creek to Intermediate Beach. The deposit extends along the coastal plain between Little Creek and Peluk Creek (Metcalfe and Tuck, 1942, p. 36). The deposit is developed on schist bedrock, and it is at elevations of -10 to +10 feet relative to sea level. It probably is an eroded beachline lowered by abrasion of the marine platform. The part of the deposit immediately east of the north-south runway at Nome airport was dredged. The deposit was subsequently developed in 1995-98 by an open-cut operations. It was mined during the winter, and the gravel was washed in the summer. Bedrock exposed in the pit is micaceous schist that locally contains some quartz-ankerite-albite veins.
  • Age = Pliocene or Pleistocene.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Active?

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The deposit was last mined by an open-pit operation.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM286

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.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Metcalfe and Tuck, 1942

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Marine gold placer deposit; abraded beachline deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39).

Reporter information

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