French Creek

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Ore minerals chalcopyrite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-2
Latitude 65.48
Longitude -162.54
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Location and accuracy French Creek is a south tributary to Holtz Creek, a west tribuary to Independence Creek. Sainsbury (1975, p. 85) originally described the location as a chalcopyrite vein in a limestone cliff on the north side of the headwaters to Independence Creek. The bedrock geology (Till and others, 1986) that best matches this location description is used here. This location is very approximate, probably within 1 to 2 miles. It is locality 33 of Gamble (1988).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Sainsbury (1975, p. 85) describes this occurrence as a 4 inch-wide chalcopyrite vein in a limestone (marble) cliff. This exposure is supposed to be on the north side of the headwaters to Independence Creek and near to a large magnetic anomaly. Till and others (1986) show exposures of Paleozoic marble on both sides of French Creek at this location. This is the only place in the headwaters of Independence Creek that the bedrock geology appears to match Sainsbury's (1975, p. 85) original description.
Geologic map unit (-162.542658596563, 65.4793049564952)
Mineral deposit model Sulfide vein in marble
Age of mineralization Cretaceous ?; Epigenetic mineralization in metamorphic rocks of Seward Peninsula is primarily of Cretaceous age.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration No workings are known at this location.
Indication of production None