Unnamed (on Kankone Peak)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Other commodities Ag
Ore minerals azurite; chalcopyrite; galena; malachite; pyrite; sphalerite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale DN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-2
Latitude 63.6246
Longitude -150.6056
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Location and accuracy
This occurrence is at an elevation of about 4450 feet about 1000 feet northwest of the top of Kankone Peak. It is about at the center of the S1/2 SW1/4 section 11, T. 15. S., R. 16 W., Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate within 300 feet.
The occurrence corresponds to number 61 of Bundtzen, Smith, and Tosdal (1976), 23 of MacKevett and Holloway (1977), 291 of Hawley and Associates (1978), and 68 of Bundtzen (1981), and is referred to in Cobb (1980 [OFR80-363]). It is at the same location as occurrence 99 of Thornsberry, McKee, and Salisbury (1984, fig. K-8), but their description of the geology does not agree with that of Bundtzen, Smith, and Tosdal, and of Hawley and Associates.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Stratabound, disseminated and semimassive sulfides occur in layers of greenstone schist of the upper Precambrian Birch Creek Schist. The greenstone schist strikes NE and dips moderately to the SE, off the Kantishna antiform (DN091) (Bundtzen, Smith, and Tosdal, 1976; Bundtzen, 1981; Thornsberry, McKee, and Salisbury, 1984, fig. K-2).
The sulfide-bearing zone is parallel to the schistosity of the host greenstone, and is 4 to 6 feet thick. It contains pyrite, chalcopyrite, azurite, and malachite. Samples assayed up to 1.02 percent copper and 1.19 ounces of silver per ton (Hawley and Associates, 1978, fig. and table 4.1-A(1)). The stratabound zone is cut by fracture-controlled, sulfide-bearing veinlets. A sample of these veinlets assayed 0.91 ounce of silver per ton, and 6000 to 6900 ppm each of lead and zinc, suggesting that the veinlets contain galena and sphalerite (Bundtzen, 1981).
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Mineral deposit model Stratabound mineral deposit in greenschist. Polymetallic veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c).
Mineral deposit model number 22c
Age of mineralization Possibly late Precambrian, the protolith age of the Birch Creek Schist. The deposit could be younger, but is pre-metamorphic. The stratabound deposit is cut by sulfide veinlets assumed to be Eocene (see record DN091).
Alteration of deposit Oxidation of copper minerals.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The occurrence was discovered in the mid-1970s (Bundtzen, Smith, and Tosdal, 1976). There are no workings.
Indication of production None

Additional comments

The occurrence is in Denali National Park and Preserve.


MRDS Number A011292


Reporters C.C. Hawley
Last report date 5/5/2001