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Atwater Creek Mine, Fortymile District, Southeast Fairbanks Borough, Alaska, USA

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Location: Atwater Creek is a small south tributary stream on the southeast side of the South Fork of the Fortymile River about 4.5 miles east-southeast of Chicken. Although there is a winter trail along Atwater Creek, placer mining likely occurred only at the mouth of the creek, in about the middle of section 12, T. 26 N., R. 18 E., of the Copper River Meridian. Atwater Creek is locality 89 of Burleigh and Lear (1994).
Geology: Bedrock along Atwater Creek consists of Paleozoic greenschist-facies metavolcanic and metasedimentary rocks, which are in high-angle fault contact with the Taylor Mountain batholith of Triassic age (Foster, 1976; Werdon and others, 2001). Bundtzen and others (1990) reported placer mining occurred on Atwater Creek in 1989.
Workings: Bundtzen and others (1990) reported placer mining occurred on Atwater Creek in 1989.
Age: Quaternary.

Commodities (Major) - Au
Development Status: Undetermined.
Deposit Model: Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).

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Bundtzen, T.K., Swainbank, R.C., Deagen, J.R., Moore, J.L., 1990, Alaska's Mineral Industry 1989: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Special Report 44, 100 p. Burleigh, R.E., and Lear, K.G., 1994, Compilation of data for Phase I of the mineral resource evaluation of the Bureau of Land Management Black River and Fortymile subunits: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 48-94, 116 p. Foster, H.L., 1976, Geologic map of the Eagle quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series, Map 922, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000. Werdon, M.B., Newberry, R.J., and Szumigala, D.J., 2001, Bedrock geologic map of the Eagle A-2 quadrangle, Fortymile mining district, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Preliminary Interpretive Report 2001-3b, 1sheet, scale 1:63,360.

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