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

Keith Torrance, Helen Keenan, LeeAnn Munk, Birgit Hagedorn

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 8 Dec 2010
Event3rd Scottish Postgraduate Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Dec 20109 Dec 2010


Conference3rd Scottish Postgraduate Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • arsenic speciation
  • mining
  • pollutants

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