Silver King

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Au; Cu; Pb; Zn
Other commodities Barite
Ore minerals arsenopyrite; barite; chalcopyrite; galena; pyrite; sphalerite; tetrahedrite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-1
Latitude 56.068
Longitude -130.267
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy The Silver King prospect (Buddington, 1929, p. 100; Elliott and Koch, 1981, p. 11, loc. 28) is in Section 9 at an elevation of about 3800 feet on a steep west-facing mountainside overlooking Chickamin Glacier. It is about 1.1 mile north-northwest of Texas Lake. This location is probably accurate to within about a quarter of a mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The country rocks in the area near the Silver King prospect are metamorphosed pelitic strata of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton Group; the Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite, which underlies and locally intrudes the Hazelton; and the Eocene Hyder Quartz Monzonite, which intrudes the Hazelton and Texas Creek rocks (Smith, 1977; Berg and others, 1977, p. 15-18, 22-23).
Buddington (1929, p. 99-100) describes the deposit as a quartz fissure vein 6-30 inches thick in graywacke and argillite cut by a quartz diorite dike. The vein contains 2-8 inches of solid sulfides, including sphalerite, galena, pyrite, chalcopyrite, tetrahedrite, and a little arsenopyrite; a little barite also is present. A sample of the solid sulfides, chiefly galena, assayed 1.28 oz of Au and 5.96 oz of Ag per ton, 55 percent Pb, and 2.2 percent Cu.
This prospect could not be located in 1972-73, probably owing to snow cover (Berg and others, 1977, p. 38-39).
Lead-isotope studies of galena at the Silver King prospect indicate that the deposit is Eocene in age, contemporaneous with emplacement of the Hyder Quartz Monzonite (Maas, 1995, p. 229-248).
Geologic map unit (-130.268705548058, 56.0676888139132)
Mineral deposit model Polymetallic veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c).
Mineral deposit model number 22c
Age of mineralization Lead-isotope studies of galena at the Silver King prospect indicate that the deposit is Eocene in age, contemporaneous with emplacement of the Hyder Quartz Monzonite (Maas, 1995, p. 229-248).

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration According to Buddington (1929, p. 99-100), the lower exposure of the vein was stripped for 50 feet, and the upper exposure was stripped for 8 feet. An early assay of a sample of the solid sulfide part of the vein showed 1.28 oz of Au and 5.96 oz of Ag per ton, 55 percent Pb, and 2.2 percent Cu.
Indication of production None

Additional comments

Prospect could not be located 1972-1973.
Some records link the Silver King and Marietta (BC026) claims, but the Silver King prospect is at a lower elevation and farther south (Berg and others, 1977, p. 39, 77).
Site is in Misty Fiords National Monument.

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