Wyrick

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au; Sb
Other commodities Ag; Hg; Pb
Ore minerals kermesite; pyrite; stibiconite; stibnite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale ID
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-2
Latitude 62.3552
Longitude -156.98114
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy The Wyrick prospect is at the approximate center of the Granite Pup placer deposit (ID132). The prospect is about 0.2 mile north-northeast of hill 917 and abut 0.2 mile south of the center of section 12, T. 26 N., R. 42 W., of the Seward Meridian. The location of the prospect is accurate.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The Wyrick prospect consists of quartz-stibnite gash veins that cut shale and sandstone of the Upper Cretaceous, Kuskokwim Group and an Upper Cretaceous granite-porphyry dike (Bundtzen, Miller, and Laird, 1986; Miller and Bundtzen, 1994). Five individual gash veins of quartz that contain stibnite, pyrite, and the secondary antimony minerals kermesite and stibiconite are found in shear zones and along the sides of the granite-porphyry dikes. The veins strike N85E and dip steeply to vertically. Most of the veins are from 1 to 12 inches thick but one mineralized shear zone is about 20 feet thick. This zone can be traced along strike for about 65 feet where is covered by soil and vegetation. Stibnite occurs as radiating crystals up to 3 inches long and an inch wide. Chip-channel samples of the mineralized zone contained from 0.55 to 30.9 percent antimony, up to 700 parts per billion (ppb) gold, and 4,000 ppb silver. Detailed sampling indicates that the large shear zone contains 2.4 to 3.1 tons of antimony per vertical foot (Bundtzen, Miller, and Laird, 1986).
Geologic map unit (-156.983535764727, 62.3545164226697)
Mineral deposit model Simple Sb veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 27d).
Mineral deposit model number 27d
Age of mineralization Unknown; a nearby intrusion has a 40K/40Ar age of 71.1 Ma (Miller and Bundtzen, 1994).
Alteration of deposit Yellow-brown unidentified clay alteration.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The Wyrick Lode was discovered in 1984 when L.E. Wyrick was digging a bedrock drain for his placer mine. Another bedrock drain about 50 feet east exposed an extension of the mineralization. Battle Mountain Mining Company explored the property in the late 1980s, and drilled one diamond core hole (Szumigala, 1993). Results of that investigation are confidential. Paul Glavinovich and William Morgan completed an investigation of the Wyrick prospect and surrounding area in 1994 (Glavinovich and Morgan, 1994). From 1996-1997, Placer Dome Exploration flew an aeromagnetic survey over the Upper Granite Creek area, including the Wyrick Lode area. Results of that survey have not been publicly released (L.E. Wyrick, oral communication, 2003).
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates Detailed sampling indicates that the large shear zone contains 2.4 to 3.1 tons of antimony per vertical foot (Bundtzen, Miller, and Laird, 1986).

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