Big Jim Creek

Occurrence, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu; Pb
Ore minerals azurite; chalcopyrite; galena; malachite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CH
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-6
Latitude 67.8587
Longitude -149.9522
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy This site is at an elevation of about 3,500 feet, approximately 0.6 mile north-northwest of the mouth of Big Jim Creek on Jim Creek. It is about 0.5 mile west of the center of section 13, T. 35 N., R. 11 W. The location is accurate to within a half mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This occurrence was originally described as galena and copper sulfides with malachite-azurite staining in Upper Devonian phyllite with some siltstone and sandstone (Brosgé and Reiser, 1964). Kurtak and others (2002) identified a 50-foot-wide zone of quartz veins that are exposed along strike for about 100 feet. There are two sets of veins; one parallel to the foliation of the phyllite host rock, and the other one crosscuts it. Both are deformed by post-mineralization folding. A sample of a 3-foot-wide quartz vein with chalcopyrite and a trace of galena contained 0.36 percent copper.
Geologic map unit (-149.954979879025, 67.8582911317134)
Mineral deposit model Quartz vein with chalcopyrite.
Age of mineralization Late Devonian or younger based on the age of the host rock.
Alteration of deposit None noted.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Only limited sampling by government agencies.
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates None.
Production notes None.

Additional comments

This occurrence is in the Gates of the Arctic National Park which is closed to prospecting and mining.
MAS No. 0020310073