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Gold Prospecting Research Material for Alaska

This page is a work in progress, with direct links to downloadable reports helpful to prospectors in Alaska. See also Alaska's Mineral Industry 2010

Alaska Mining Information Portal http://www.akgeology.info/ This is your place to start for mining claim information, rules, regulations, and permits.

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
http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usgs/b/text/b1374.PDF
Overview Map http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usgs/mr/oversized/mr-0038sht01.PDF

Metalliferous Lode Deposits of Alaska by Henry C. Berg and Edward H. Cobb
1967 USGS Bulletin 1246
An inventory of the mines and prospects of Alaska and their geologic settings
http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usgs/b/text/b1246.PDF
Overview Map http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usgs/mr/oversized/mr-0084sht01.PDF

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
http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usgs/b/text/b1786.PDF

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
http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/mirl/report_no/text/mirl_n16.PDF

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
http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usbm/ic/text/ic9091.PDF

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
http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usbm/ic/text/ic9113.PDF

Gold Placers of the Historical Fortymile River Region, Alaska by Warren Yeend
1996 USGS Bulletin 2125
http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usgs/b/text/b2125.PDF
Accompanying map http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usgs/b/oversized/b2125pt01.PDF

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 complied 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. Compilation of this database is an ongoing process and each report is essentially a progress report. The database contains 7,288 records. Zip format, if you need an unzip utility you can get a Free One Here
http://tin.er.usgs.gov/ardf/ardf.zip

Fineness of Gold from Alaska Placers by Philip S. Smith
1937 USGS Bulletin 910-C
http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usgs/b/text/b0910c.PDF
Accompanying map http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/usgs/b/oversized/b0910cpt03.PDF

A Summary of Gold Fineness Values from Alaska Placer Deposits by Paul A. Metz and D.B. Hawkins
1981 Mineral Industry Research Laboratory
http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/mirl/report_no/text/mirl_n45.PDF
Accompanying map http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webpubs/mirl/report_no/oversized/mirl_n45_sht01.PDF

Alaska Placer Mining Claims Operations Guide - General Alaska Mining Rights & Requirements
http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/ak/aktest/minerals/minerals_pdfs.Par.14567.File.dat/miners_guide_12-09.pdf

Generally Allowed Uses on State Land
http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/factsht/gen_allow_use.pdf

Alaska Mining Laws & Regulations Booklet
http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/mining/2009Reg_book.pdf

Fine Gold Recovery of Selected Sluicebox Configurations by University of British Columbia, G. W. Poling & J. F. Hamilton
http://www.hecklerfabrication.com/files/fine_gold_recovery_sluiceboxes__Poling.pdf

The Use of Radiotracers to Evaluate Gold Losses at Klondke Placer Mines by Randy Clarkson/NEW ERA Engineering Corporation February 1990
http://emrlibrary.gov.yk.ca/ygs/mining_technology/the_use_radio.pdf

Placer Gold Recovery Research - Final Summary by Randy Clarkson/NEW ERA Engineering Corporation December 1990
http://www.scribd.com/doc/61880538/The-Clarkson-Study-Fine-Gold-Recovery

Placer Examination Principles and Practice by John H. Wells
1969 BLM Technical Bulletin 4
http://www.ntc.blm.gov/krc/uploads/463/Wells.pdf