Ankle Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Gold, Arsenic, Copper, Mercury, Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308154
Record type Site
Current site name Ankle Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -160.65741, 55.18823 (WGS84)
Relative position The map site of the Ankle Creek prospect is at an elevation of 600 feet, about 1,000 feet north-northwest of the center of sec. 3, T. 58 S., R. 75 W., Seward Meridian. The location is accurate to within 1,200 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Gold Primary
Arsenic Secondary
Copper Secondary
Mercury Secondary
Lead Secondary
Zinc Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Pyrite Ore
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) Andesite host rocks are propylitically altered.

Nearby scientific data

(1) -160.65741, 55.18823

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Ankle Creek quartz vein is parallel to the Surprise vein (PM089), and crops out approximately 200 feet to the southeast. It is as much as 50 feet in width and has been exposed for 130 feet on strike. Based on float, air photo lineaments, and ground magnetics, the Ankle Creek vein has been traced for approximately 1,200 feet to the northeast where it intersects the Amethyst vein (PM092) (Peterson and others, 1982, figure 11). The vein is hosted in andesite flows which belong to the late Eocene to early Oligocene Popof volcanic rocks (Wilson and others, 1995). The flows exhibit propylitic alteration near the vein. Pyrite apparently is widespread. Two trenches have been cut across the vein at its southwest end. Float samples of vein material assayed as much as 0.30 ounce of gold and 0.60 ounce of silver per ton (Trujillo and others, 1981). The best trench sample assayed 0.014 ounce of gold and 0.03 ounce of silver per ton over 12 feet. This includes a 5-foot interval grading 0.048 ounce of gold and 0.03 ounce of silver per ton. Assays from the other trench were 0.003 ounce of gold and 0.02 ounce of silver per ton over 7 feet, and 0.005 ounce of gold and 0.04 ounce of silver per ton over 3 feet. The assays also show varying amounts of copper, lead, zinc, and mercury. Three holes were drilled to intersect the vein at depth. Apparently only one hole (AQANK-2) was successful. Where intersected, the vein had narrowed to 8 feet and was almost entirely devoid of gold (Trujillo and others, 1981).
  • Age = Eocene or younger.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Alaska Peninsula

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = During the period 1979 to 1981 Resource Associates of Alaska mapped and sampled the prospect, conducted a magnetic survey, cut two trenches, and drilled three core holes (Trujillo and others, 1981). Float samples assayed as much as 0.30 ounce of gold per ton, whereas the best in-place metal values were from a 12-foot-long trench sample that assayed 0.014 ounce of gold per ton.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF PM090

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Anderson, G.L., Butherus, D.L., Fankhauser, R.E., Pray, J.C., Lindberg, P.A., and Hoffman, B.L., 1980, Exploration and evaluation of lands leased from Aleut Native Corporation 1980; Resource Associates of Alaska Report, 84 p, 16 map sheets, various scales. (Report held by the Aleut Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska.)

  • Deposit

    Trujillo, R.S., Anderson, G., MacLeod, T., Hendrick, K., Farnham, S., Peterson, J., 1981. Exploration and evaluation of the Unga-Popof-Korovan Islands portion of lands leased from Aleut Native Corporation: Resource Associates of Alaska report, 70 p., 38 map sheets, various scales. (Report held by the Aleut Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska.)

  • Deposit

    Peterson, R.J., Lemmers, J., Handverger, P., Gallagher, J., Pilcher, R., East, J., Macleod, T., Bartels. E., 1982, Geology and precious metals potential Unga, Popof, and Korovin Islands, Shumagin Group, Aleutian Chain, Alaska: UNC Teton Exploration Drilling Company report, 127 p., 5 map sheets, various scales. (Report held by the Aleut Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska.)

  • Deposit

    Wilson, F.H., Detterman, R.L., Miller, J. W., and Case, J.E., 1995, Geologic map of the Port Moller, Stepovak Bay, and Simeonof Island quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigation Series Map I-2272, 1 map sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Trujillo and others, 1981

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Epithermal gold vein
Deposit Other Comments = This prospect is located on land patented by, or interim-conveyed to, the Aleut Corporation.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 02-FEB-01 S.H. Pilcher U.S. Geological Survey