Widstedt (Anvil Creek)

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308957
MRDS ID A012844
Record type Site
Current site name Widstedt (Anvil Creek)
Related records 10002000

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.40077, 64.57928 (WGS84)
Relative position The Widstedt prospect is at an elevation of about 250 feet in a small drainage on the south flank of Bonanza Hill (elevation 640 feet) and about 500 feet due west of the Snake River road. It is locality 20 of Hummel (1962 [MF 247]) and included in locality 48 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]). The map loction is just inside the west-central boundary of section 36, T. 10 S., R. 34 W., Kateel River Meridian.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Antimony Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Gold Ore
Pyrite Ore
Stibnite Ore
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 273
USGS model code 36a
Deposit model name Low-sulfide Au-quartz vein
Mark3 model number 27

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.40077, 64.57928

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Widstedt prospect lies within or near the Anvil Creek fault and related shear zones that are as much as 120 feet wide. The deposit consists of quartz-calcite veins that contain arsenopyrite, pyrite, and locally stibnite. The veins commonly cut schist or are localized in shear zones (Collier and others, 1908; Brooks, 1916; Mertie, 1918 [B 662-I, p. 425-449]; Cathcart, 1922). Pyrite and arsenopyrite also are disseminated in schist adjacent to the veins, and some sulfide-rich zones are as much as 15 feet wide. Stibnite lenses with little quartz occur at this prospect and some stibnite ore has reportedly been produced (Mertie, 1918 [B 662-I, p. 425-449]; Cathcart, 1922). Material from a dump next to a water-filled shaft consisted of finely crystalline stibnite associated with pyrite and arsenopyrite in small veinlets cutting quartz and schist. An open cut exposed a 12 foot-wide zone of quartz stringers cut by veinlets of finely crystalline stibnite. The Anvil Creek fault is a through-going high-angle structure that inthis area juxtaposes different types of graphitic schist and dark graphitic quartzite in this area (Hummel, 1962 [MF 247]). Bedrock is mostly graphitic schist, probably of early Paleozoic protolith age (Hummel, 1962 [MF 247]; Sainsbury, Hummel, and Hudson, 1972 [OFR 72-326]; Till and Dumoulin, 1994; Bundtzen and others, 1994).
  • Age = Mid-Cretaceous; vein cuts schist metamorphosed during the mid-Cretaceous; see NM207.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Active?

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = A small amount of antimony ore is reported to have been mined from the Widstedt prospect (Mertie, 1918 [B 662-I. p. 425-449]).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = An exploration shaft was filled with water by 1920; some open-cut surface workings are also present (Cathcart, 1922). In 1916, the total length of underground workings on lode gold prospects in Anvil Creek valley was several hundred feet (Mertie, 1918 [B 662-I, p. 425-449]).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM226
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012844
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012845

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Collier, A. J., Hess, F.L., Smith, P.S., and Brooks, A.H., 1908, The gold placers of parts of Seward Peninsula, Alaska, including the Nome, Council, Kougarok, Port Clarence, and Goodhope precincts: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 328, 343 p.

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., 1916, Antimony deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 649, 67 p.

  • Deposit

    Cathcart, S.H., 1922, Metalliferous lodes in southern Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 722, p. 163-261.

  • Deposit

    Hummel, C.L., 1962, Preliminary geologic map of the Nome C-1 quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-247, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., Hummel, C.L., and Hudson, Travis, 1972, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Nome quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 72-326, 28 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • 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

    Till, A.B., and Dumoulin, J.A, 1994, Geology of Seward Peninsula and St. Lawrence Island, in Plafker, G., and Berg, H.C., eds., The Geology of Alaska: Geological Society of America, The Geology of North America, DNAG, v. G-1, p. 141-152.

  • Deposit

    Bundtzen, T.K., Reger, R.D., Laird, G.M., Pinney, D.S., Clautice, K.H., Liss, S.A., and Cruse, G.R., 1994, Progress report on the geology and mineral resources of the Nome mining district: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Public Data-File 94-39, 21 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cathcart, 1922

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Low-sulfide Au-quartz veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a) and/or possibly simple Sb deposits (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 27d).
Deposit Model Number = 36a, 27d?

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Hawley, C.C. and Hudson, Travis L. Hawley Resource Group