Unnamed (near Mt. Kelly)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold; pyrite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale DL
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-3
Latitude 68.45
Longitude -163.74
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Location and accuracy The approximate location of this occurrence is at an elevation of about 1,400 feet on a headwater tributary of Kukpuk River, about 3 miles west-southwest of Mt. Kelly. The map site is in section 25, T. 11 S., R. 51 W., of the Umiat Meridian. Early reports refer to this site as Ikuk Creek (see Additional Comments).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This occurrence consists of a report in the 1880s of auriferous pyrite, said to carry $3.50 to $8.00 in gold per ton (gold at $20.67/ounce). Iron-sulfide nodules are known from sedimentary formations that extend into area, but no gold is known.
Geologic map unit (-163.743014348272, 68.4493359029724)
Mineral deposit model Gold-bearing pyrite.

Production and reserves

Indication of production None

Additional comments

This occurrence is based on a quote from Stockton's report from the cruise of the USS Thetis in 1889. It mentions a discovery of gold by a prospector named Kelly on Ikuk Creek. The gold is reported to be in 'sulphurets of iron' (Smith and Mertie, 1930).