Grass Creek (Nome B-1 quadrangle)

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308012
Record type Site
Current site name Grass Creek (Nome B-1 quadrangle)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.11236, 64.47979 (WGS84)
Relative position This alluvial placer gold mine is on Grass Creek, a small west tributary to Saunders Creek (NM307). The mouth of Grass Creek is about 1.8 miles upstream of the Nome-Council road crossing of Hastings Creek. About 3,000 feet of lower Grass Creek has been placer mined. This location is the approximate midpoint of the placer workings, in the NE1/4 section 5, T. 12 S., R. 32 W., Kateel River Meridian. It is included in locality 133 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]).
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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) -165.11236, 64.47979

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Placer gold tailings are present along the lower 3,000 feet of Grass Creek. It was probably mined at about the same time and by the same methods as Saunders Creek (NM307), dredged in 1911-1912. Grass Creek primarily flows across older parts of the Nome coastal plain. Judged from the elevation at the head of pay (about 75 feet), the gold in Grass Gulch could be derived from Third Beach, which in this area appears to have been developed on offshore bars and lagoons (Metcalfe and Tuck, 1942).
  • 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 along the lower 3,000 feet of this Grass Creek.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM306

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-463, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File report 78-93, 213 p.

  • 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 = 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