Unnamed (west of the head of Little Waldren Fork)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Sn; Zn
Other commodities As; Cd; Cu; Sb
Ore minerals iron oxide
Gangue minerals axinite; quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale ID
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-2
Latitude 62.42791
Longitude -156.97396
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is at an elevation of about 2,300 feet on a prominent east-west-trending ridge. It is about 0.5 mile east of hill 2424 and about 0.3 mile southeast of the center of section 13, T. 27 N., R. 42 W., of the Seward Meridian. The location is accurate.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This occurrence consists of 0.4- to 1.2-inch-thick quartz-axinite veins in hornfels derived from shale and sandstone of the Upper Cretaceous, Kuskokwim Group (Miller and Bundtzen, 1994; Miller, Bundtzen, Miller, and Gray, 2004). The area is cut by faults that strike northeast. The veins are oxidized to iron oxide gossan from unknown sulfide minerals. The gossan forms as clots and isolated masses an inch or more long. The geologic map of the similar prospect at the head of Bismarck Creek (ID130) includes this prospect (Bundtzen and Miller, 1997). Grab samples of mineralization contained up to 50.0 parts per million (ppm) silver, 100 ppm arsenic, 72 ppm cadmium, 150 ppm copper, 60 ppm antimony, 150 ppm tin, and 0.70 percent zinc (McGimsey and others, 1988).
Geologic map unit (-156.976346929017, 62.427229474618)
Mineral deposit model Sn-polymetallic vein or Polymetallic vein (Cox and Singer, 1986; models 20b and 22c).
Mineral deposit model number 20b or 22c
Alteration of deposit Development of axinite-quartz greisen; pervasive oxidization to gossan.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Samples were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys in the 1980s (McGimsey and others, 1988).
Indication of production None



Reporters T.K. Bundtzen (Pacific Rim Geological Consulting, Inc.), M.L. Miller (U.S. Geological Survey); and C.C. Hawley (Hawley Resource Group)
Last report date 5/23/2003