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Monday, July 8, 2013

Nome Offshore Gold Placer Area

Nome is one of the top 100 placer fields in the world.  There are literally millions of ounces of gold all over the area and even under the town itself.  Onshore placer gold production from the Nome area between 1897 and 1964 was about 5,000,000 ounces of gold, the greater part of which was derived from placers on the coastal plain.  

Profitable gold placers are rarely found more than 6 to 12 miles (10-20 km) from bedrock sources.  The Nome Offshore placer area extends from the current offshore beach for 2 miles to water depths of about 60 feet. It extends about 10 miles parallel to the modern strand-line, commencing west of the the mouth of Nome River and continuing westward to the vicinity of Penny River.


  1. I remember the BIMA as the biggest and greatest in memory who worked offshore Nome. In a single day with 124 men working 24x7 she could drag bucket up and process over 10,000 tons of seafloor gravels and in her first year of operation in 1987 produced 36,400 ounces of gold. Bima worked offshore at Nome from 1987 to 1990. It produced 3.67t (118,078 oz) of gold at an average recovered grade of 824 mg/m3 (0.0204 oz/cu yd)

    Today CHRISTINE ROSE must be the leading producer. Details please. Do you know who the details on the new jack-up dredge working offshore Nome in 2013?

    Standing by,


  2. BTW The BIMA was a huge bucket drag-line dredge at 12,000 tons measuring 360' x 98' x 21' hull with a 14-story tall structure.

  3. 2011 Christine Rose produced 766 oz. worth $1,302,200.00 of gold,
    2012 Christine Rose produced 700 oz. worth $1,156,960.00 of gold.

    FYI - The Wild Ranger produced 84 oz. worth $138,835.20 in 2012.

    Remember actual gold production and the video air on TV are likely a year apart.


  4. Any clean out production reports in 2013 so far?

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