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Gold Prospecting Research Material for Alaska

Steve Herschbach

A select list of online resources that will aid any prospector looking for gold or other valuable minerals in Alaska.

Alaska Mining Information Portal This is your place to start for mining claim information, rules, regulations, and permits.

Alaska's Mineral Industry Reports Yearly snapshots of Alaska's mineral industry, full of clues as to where the action is throughout the state.

Placer Deposits of Alaska by Edward H. Cobb 1973 USGS Bulletin 1374. An inventory of the placer mines and prospects of Alaska, their history and geologic setting.

Metalliferous Lode Deposits of Alaska by Henry C. Berg and Edward H. Cobb 1967 USGS Bulletin 1246. An inventory of the lode mines and prospects of Alaska and their geologic settings.

Significant Metalliferous Lode Deposits and Placer Districts of Alaska by Warren J. Nokleberg, Thomas K. Bundtzen, Henry C. Berg, David A. Brew, Donald Grybeck, Mark S. Robinson, Thomas E. Smith, and Warren Yeend 1987 USGS Bulletin 1786. This report is a compilation of the significant
metalliferous lode deposits and placer districts of Alaska.

Mineral Resources of Northern Alaska by the Mineral Industry Research Laboratory edited by Lawrence E. Heiner and Ernest N. Wolff 1969 M.I.R.L. Report No. 16. This is the final report on the work authorized on July 29, 1967, by the NORTH Commission. The purpose is to inventory mineral resources in northern Alaska and to delineate favorable mineral areas, insofar as possible.

Placer gold sampling in and near the Chugach National Forest, Alaska by R. B. Hoekzema and S.A. Fechner 1986 U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 9091. This report summarizes the Bureau's placer gold studies in the Chugach National Forest.

Evaluation of selected lode gold deposits in the Chugach National Forest, Alaska by R. B. Hoekzema, S. A. Fechner, and J. M. Kurtak 1986 U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 9113. This Bureau of Mines report describes the history, characteristics, distribution, and mineral development potential of 21 lode gold deposits in or near the Chugach National Forest.

Gold Placers of the Historical Fortymile River Region, Alaska by Warren Yeend 1996 USGS Bulletin 2125. The Fortymile River region in east-central Alaska has a long and colorful history as the site of the first major gold discovery in interior Alaska. 

Alaska Resource Data File Descriptions of mines, prospects, and mineral occurrences in the Alaska Resource Data File (ARDF) are published for individual U.S. Geological Survey 1:250,000 scale quadrangles in Alaska. These descriptions were compiled from published literature and from unpublished reports and data from industry, the U.S. Bureau of Mines, and the U.S. Geological Survey and other sources. The database contains 7,288 records.

Fineness of Gold from Alaska Placers by Philip S. Smith 1937 USGS Bulletin 910-C. Alaska placer gold ranges from more than 970 fine to slightly less than 565 fine. 

A Summary of Gold Fineness Values from Alaska Placer Deposits by Paul A. Metz and D.B. Hawkins 1981 Mineral Industry Research Laboratory. Gold fineness values for Alaskan placer deposits were calculated using mint return production records.

BLM Alaska Mining and Minerals

Federal Mining Claims Information For Alaska Updated 2015

Placer Mining Claim Owner's Guide For Validity Exams On BLM Managed Lands In Alaska Updated 2014

Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS)

Generally Allowed Uses on State Land

State of Alaska Mining and Land Factsheets

Alaska Mining Laws & Regulations Booklet Updated 2014

Fine Gold Recovery of Selected Sluicebox Configurations by University of British Columbia, G. W. Poling & J. F. Hamilton

The Use of Radiotracers to Evaluate Gold Losses at Klondike Placer Mines by Randy Clarkson/NEW ERA Engineering Corporation February 1990

Placer Gold Recovery Research - Final Summary by Randy Clarkson/NEW ERA Engineering Corporation December 1990

Placer Examination Principles and Practice by John H. Wells 1969 BLM Technical Bulletin 4


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