Saunders Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308013
Record type Site
Current site name Saunders Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.11216, 64.47059 (WGS84)
Relative position This alluvial placer gold mine is on Saunders Creek, a west tributary to Hastings Creek (NM298). The mouth of Saunders Creek is about three quarters of a mile upstream of the Nome-Council road crossing of Hastings Creek. Placer mining took place at elevations of 25 to 50 feet and extended for about three quarters of a mile upstream from the mouth of Saunders Creek. The map location is the approximate midpoint of the placer workings, at the south edge of 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) -165.11216, 64.47059

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = A dredge operated on Saunders Creek in 1911-12 and reportedly worked out the ground (Chapin, 1914). Saunders Creek flows across older parts of the eastern Nome coastal plain, including the projected trace of Third Beach (NM258) (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 along about three quarters of a mile of Saunders Creek upstream from its mouth to just beyond the mouth of Grass Creek (NM306).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM307

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

    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

    Chapin, Theodore, 1914, Placer mining on Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 592-L, p. 385-395.

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