Dome Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308711
Record type Site
Current site name Dome Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -164.6723, 64.88431 (WGS84)
Relative position Dome Creek is the principal headwater tributary of Iron Creek (SO127). Dome Creek merges with Canyon Creek to form Iron Creek. Dome Creek is included in locality 33 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

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) -164.6723, 64.88431

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The entire 2.5 mile length of Dome Creek has been placer mined. The creek was worked by small-scale methods for several years after gold discovery about 1900 and a dredge worked a considerable amount of the creek in 1939 and 1940 (Sainsbury and others, 1972, OFR 512; Cobb, 1978, OF 78-181). Some very coarse gold has been recovered, at least one nugget was over 32 ounces, and heavy mineral concentrates contained magnetite, garnet, and ilmenite (Smith, 1909). Cinnabar is also reported to be present in Dome Creek (Sainsbury and others, 1972). Bedrock in the area is part of a lower Paleozoic metasedimentary assemblage (Till and others, 1986).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Kougarok

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Some of the gold from Dome Creek was very coarse; one nugget weighed over 32 ounces.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The entire 2.5 mile length of Dome Creek has been placer mined. The creek was worked by small-scale methods for several years after gold discovery in about 1900 and a dredge worked a considerable amount of the creek in 1939 and 1940 (Sainsbury and others, 1972; Cobb, 1978, OF 78-181).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF SO113

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic resources map of the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-445, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., Hudson, T.L., Ewing, R., and Richards, T., 1972, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Solomon D-6 quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 512, 17 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Solomon quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-181, 185 p.

  • Deposit

    Till, A.B., Dumoulin, J.A., Gamble, B. ., Kaufman, D.S., and Carroll, P.I., 1986, Preliminary geologic map and fossil data, Soloman, Bendeleben, and southern Kotzebue quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 86-276, 10 p., 3 plates, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1909, Recent developments in southern Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 379-F, p. 267-301.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Smith, 1909

General comments

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

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 19-AUG-1999 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology