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Arsenic speciation at the Lucky Shot Gold Mine, Hatcher Pass, Alaska

Torrance, Keith and Keenan, Helen and Munk, LeeAnn and Hagedorn, Birgit (2010) Arsenic speciation at the Lucky Shot Gold Mine, Hatcher Pass, Alaska. In: 3rd Scottish Postgraduate Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 2010-12-09 - 2010-12-09. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Lucky Shot mine (61.7789oN, 149.4069oW) is located 50 miles north of Anchorage in the historic Willow Creek Mining district, in the southern Talkeetna mountains, which was the second largest lode gold producer in Alaska. Following the discovery of gold in the area by Robert Hatcher in 1906, an estimated 652,080 ounces of gold were extracted from mines such as Independence, War Baby, Gold Bullion and Gold Cord. The Lucky Shot mine produced 250,000 ounces of gold (Stevens, 2010) from 1918 until 1942, at an average ore grade of around 1 ounce per ton, according to historical records. The mines were closed during the war, as gold was not considered to be of strategic importance to the war effort. Placer mining is still carried out on a small scale in the Willow River and high gold prices has encouraged additional exploration in the area. Lucky Shot is currently being evaluated by Full Metal Minerals Ltd., with a view to resuming mining on a limited scale.