Munther Creek Prospect, Iditarod District, Yukon-Koyukuk Borough, Alaska, USA
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Geology: The upper 0.7 mile of Munther Creek was prospected for placer gold for a number of years before World War II (Tony Gularte, oral communication, 1986). The creek drains the eastern edge of a quartz monzonite-hornfels complex at the head of Granite Pup (ID132) to the northwest (Bundtzen, Miller, and Laird, 1986; Miller and Bundtzen (1994; Miller, Bundtzen, and Gray, 2005). Fine grained placer gold was panned from several prospects along Munther Creek in the 1920s and 1930s. There may have been minor gold production during exploration (Tony Gularte, oral communication, 1986).
Workings: The upper 0.7 mile of Munther Creek was prospected for placer gold during the 1920s and 1930s (Tony Gularte, oral communication, 1986).
Age: Probably Quaternary.
Production: There may have been minor gold production during exploration before World War II (Tony Gularte, oral communication, 1986).
Commodities (Major) - Au
Development Status: Undetermined.
Deposit Model: Placer Au deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
1 entry listed. 1 valid mineral.
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