Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Ag; Cu; Sb
Ore minerals arsenopyrite; chalcopyrite; covellite; gold; jamesonite; stibnite; tetrahedrite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale FB
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-2
Latitude 64.8744
Longitude -148.005
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Location and accuracy The Prometheus prospect is located in the NW1/4 sec. 32, T. 1 N., R. 2 W, Fairbanks Meridian. The Prometheus shaft is at an elevation of approximately 1,500 feet, just northwest of the Wandering Jew mine (FB042). The exact location is uncertain, but it is about 1.5 miles east-southeast of the top of Ester Dome on the basis of the description by Hill (1933, p. 121,148). The prospect is included in locality 14 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

By 1913, a 60-foot shaft was sunk on an 8-foot-wide quartz vein that carried stibnite and disseminated sulfides; visible gold was reported to be fairly common (Smith, 1913 [B 525, p. 208]; Hill, 1933, p. 148). Samples from the dump contained two generations of quartz cut by fine veinlets of stibnite; some rocks have the greenish-yellow antimony-oxide stain (Chapin, 1914, p. 355). When visited in 1931, the Prometheus shaft was filled with water (Hill, 1933, p. 148). Surface exposures of the vein indicated that it trended N. 40 E. The ore on the dump consisted of white quartz cut by later veinlets of gray quartz with sulfides (Hill, 1933, p. 148). A grab sample from this ore pile assayed $9.52 in gold and silver and contained 6.4 ounces of silver per ton (Hill, 1933, p. 148). The sulfides include arsenopyrite, jamesonite, covellite, chalcopyrite, and tetrahedrite (Hill, 1933, p. 148; Chapman and Foster, 1969, p. D18).
Geologic map unit (-148.007430232336, 64.873963721105)
Mineral deposit model Schist-hosted gold-quartz vein

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration By 1913, a 60-foot shaft had been sunk on an auriferous quartz vein (Smith, 1913, p. 208).
Indication of production Undetermined
Production notes No information is available.