Unnamed (southwest of Granite Mountain)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Cu
Other commodities As; B; Bi; Fe; Sb
Ore minerals iron oxide

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale ID
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-2
Latitude 62.27956
Longitude -156.83524
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is at an elevation of about 1,250 feet, about 5 miles southwest of the summit of Granite Mountain on a northeast-trending ridge It is about 0.8 mile east-northeast of hill 1265 and about 0.6 mile south-southwest of the center of section 2, T. 25 N., R. 41 W., Seward Meridian. The location is accurate.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This occurrence is a mineralized zone of uncertain size and orientation in iron-oxide-bearing hornfels derived from sandstone of the Upper Cretaceous, Kuskokwim Group; the hornfels is associated with a swarm of monzonite dikes (Miller and Bundtzen, 1994; Bundtzen and Miller, 1997; Miller, Bundtzen, and Gray, 2005). One grab sample of mineralization contained 2,000 parts per billion (ppb) silver, 500 parts per million (ppm) copper, 600 ppm arsenic, 50 ppm antimony, 150 ppm lead, 3.0 ppm bismuth, 20.00 percent iron, and more than 2,000 ppm boron (McGimsey and others, 1988). The iron oxides are probably an oxidation product of sulfides; the high boron content suggests that tourmaline or axinite may be present in the altered sandstone.
Geologic map unit (-156.837627695186, 62.2788856336471)
Mineral deposit model Polymetallic vein (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c).
Mineral deposit model number 22c
Alteration of deposit Iron oxide alteration.

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



Bundtzen, T.K., and Miller, M.L., 1997, Precious metals associated with Late Cretaceous-early Tertiary igneous rocks of southwestern Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral Deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 242-286.
Szumigala, D.J., 1993, Gold mineralization related to Cretaceous-Tertiary magmatism in the Kuskokwim Mountains of west-central and southwestern Alaska: Los Angeles, University of California Ph.D. dissertation, 300 p.
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 5/25/2003