Lower Chicken Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Silver, Antimony, Chromium, Mercury, Tungsten

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308874
MRDS ID A015069
Record type Site
Current site name Lower Chicken Creek
Alternate or previous names Chicken Creek
Related records 10002631

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -157.96292, 62.34939 (WGS84)
Relative position Two miles S of Chicken Mtn
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Silver Primary
Antimony Secondary
Chromium Secondary
Mercury Secondary
Tungsten Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore
Gold Ore
Scheelite Ore
Stibnite 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) -157.96292, 62.34939

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Weathered monzonite forms a residual placer that grades downstream into eluvial then bench and stream placers. Mertie (1936) reported fineness at 862 parts Au and 128 parts Ag. Concentrates contain scheelite and cinnabar.
  • Age = Tertiary/Quaternary

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Iditarod

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Production 1911-40 totaled about 12,755 oz. Au and 2,024 oz. Ag

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface and underground

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF ID112
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015069
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015070
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS D002696

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1936, Mineral deposits of the Ruby-Kuskokwim region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 864-C, 115-245.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction material) in the Iditarod and Ophir quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-576, 101 p.

  • Deposit

    Miller, M.L., Bundtzen, T.K., Keith, W.J., Bailey, E.A., Bickerstaff, Damon, 1996, Geology and mineral resources of the Stuyahok area, part of Holy Cross A-4 and A-5 quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-505-A, 30 p.

  • Deposit

    Bundtzen, T.K., Miller, M.L., Laird, G.M., and Bull, K.F., 1992, Geology and mineral resources of Iditarod mining district, Iditarod B-4 and eastern B-5 quadrangles, southwestern Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Professional Report 97, 46 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Bundtzen and others, 1992

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer: bench, stream, residual, alluvial
Deposit Other Comments = Stream gradient 10-15%.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 25-MAY-1994 Powers, M.T.; Huber, D.F.; Miller, M.L. U.S. Geological Survey