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Sunset Creek Placer

The Sunset Creek Placer is a gold mine located in Clallam county, Washington.

About the MRDS Data:

All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

Mine Info

Name: Sunset Creek Placer  

State:  Washington

County:  Clallam

Elevation:

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 47.98889, -124.67139

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Sunset Creek Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Sunset Creek Placer


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Secondary: Platinum
Tertiary: Titanium, Metal
Tertiary: Zirconium
Tertiary: Chromium
Tertiary: Iron


Location

State: Washington
County: Clallam
District: Cape Flattery Area


Land Status

Land ownership: National Park
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: J. M. Starbuck


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Beach Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year Last Production: 1917
Discovery Year: 1894
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Pacific Border Province
Physiographic Detail: Pacific Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Placer Au-PGE


Orebody

Form: STRATABOUND BLANKET


Structure

Type: L
Description: The Older Rocks Are Severely Deformed.


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Sand and Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pleistocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 2-5 PENNYWEIGHT/YD AU+PT. PT:AU=1:5 TO 1:15


Materials

Ore: Chromite
Ore: Ilmenite
Ore: Magnetite
Ore: Garnet
Ore: Zircon
Ore: Gold


Comments

Comment (Deposit): METALS ARE FOUND IN A THIN LAYER OF FINE HEAVY SAND COMPOSED CHIEFLY OF PINK GARNET AND BLACK GRAINS OF ILMENITE AND MAGNETITE. AT THIS SITE THE WAVE TERRACE IS CUT INTO A LAYER OF TOUGH CLAY BELONGING TO THE DRIFT.

Comment (Commodity): AU AND PT ARE SMALL, FLAT, AND SMOOTH WITH PT ABOUT 1/4 THE SIZE OF AU. ABOUT 10% OF THE PT IS FERROMAGNETIC

Comment (Location): IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK. NEAR MOUTH OF SUNSET CREEK. (NOT LABELED ON TOPO MAP)

Comment (Geology): THE PLEISTOCENE DEPOSITS CONSIST OF STREAM GRAVEL AND GLACIAL DRIFT. THE PRESENCE OF MARINE FOSSILS WOULD INDICATE DEPOSITION IN THE SEA.


References

Reference (Production): PARDEE, 1929

Reference (Deposit): DERKEY, R.E., JOSEPH, N.L., AND LASMANIS, RAYMOND, 1990, METAL MINES OF WASHINGTON - PRELIMINARY REPORT: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF GEOLOGY AND EARTH RESOURCES OPEN-FILE REPORT 90-18, P. 29.

Reference (Deposit): HUNTTING, M.T., 1955, GOLD IN WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 42, P. 117.

Reference (Deposit): PARDEE, J.T., 1929, PLATINUM AND BLACK SAND IN WASHINGTON, IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO ECONOMIC GEOLOGY 1928: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 805, P. 3-15.


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