2004 Fieldwork

BLM ECO geologist John Wandke sampling mineralization
Jay Kalbas next to the mercury retort at the Mountain Top Mercury deposit.
The 2004 field activities consisted of a five-week season, focusing on property examinations and sample collection in the central one-third of the district. The field season was cut short when the project helicopter was reassigned to support fire-fighting efforts near Fairbanks. Mellick’s Lodge, on the Kuskokwim River near Sleetmute, was used as base of operations. The BLM geologists succeeded in visiting 86 mineral occurrences in the Central Study Area collecting 287 samples.

Work began in early June around the historic mining town of Flat, proceeded south through Granite Creek and Julian Creek areas, then to the vicinity of Donlin Creek. The district evaluation then concentrated on the Red Devil Area mercury deposits. By early July, the gold and mercury occurrences in west-central Sleetmute quadrangle (Kolmakof, Mountain Top, Gold Run and Murray Gulch) were evaluated. During the first week of August, a small crew was able to visit the Fortyseven Creek and the Taylor Mountain area.

Fieldwork report: BLM OFR 100 (report and plate)