Nanielik Creek

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ba
Other commodities Pb; Zn
Ore minerals barite; galena; sphalerite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale AR
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-6
Latitude 67.92
Longitude -158.87
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy Located on hill just east of Nanielik Creek in T. 29 N., R. 1 W., Kateel River Meridian. Shown as locality 1 in Mayfield and Grybeck (1978) and accurate to within 2000 ft. (600 m).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Three foot (1 m) thick vein of barite in limestone. Vein and nearby Fe-rich soil contained 1000 ppm Pb and 5000 ppm Zn (Mayfield and Grybeck, 1978). Occurrence could be similar to several other sediment-hosted occurrences in the Brooks Range that formed from the dewatering of a large Paleozoic? sedimentary basin (Schmidt, 1997, p. 35-65; Schmidt and Werdon, 1993, p. 143).
Geologic map unit (-158.872904930218, 67.9194285509051)
Mineral deposit model Sediment-hosted Pb-Zn (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 31a)?
Mineral deposit model number 31a?
Age of mineralization Paleozoic?

Production and reserves

Indication of production None

Additional comments

Located within Noatak National Preserve.


MRDS Number A011850
Reporters K.R. Leonard (USGS), R.L. Elliott (USGS), J.M. Schmidt (USGS), S.W. Nelson (USGS retired)
Last report date 5/8/1997