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|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||C-2|
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|Location and accuracy||The Copper King prospect is at an elevation of about 1,250 feet, about 1.25 miles west-southwest of Williamsport on Iliamna Bay. The prospect is near the west end of the boundary between secs. 2 and 11, T. 6 S., R. 26 W., Seward Meridian. The location is accurate for the center of the prospect area, which probably extends from about 1,000 feet to 1,500 feet in elevation. It is location 7 of Detterman and Cobb (1972).|
This prospect consists mainly of epidote-garnet-quartz skarn containing magnetite, chalcopyrite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, marcasite, and the oxidized copper minerals azurite and malachite. The deposit is in carbonate masses which occur as roof pendants and isolated lenses in Jurassic quartz diorite (Martin and Katz, 1910, 1912; Jasper, 1955; Detterman and Reed, 1980). The host rocks are part of the Permian(?) to Jurassic Kokhonak Complex composed of schist, gneiss, phyllite, and marble (Detterman and Reed, 1980).
The maximum width of mineralization reported by Jasper (1955) is 70 feet; most zones are much thinner. According to Jasper, magnetite and chalcopyrite, accompanied by quartz and subordinate pyrite, replace limestone; garnet-magnetite skarn is developed locally; and some granitic(?) rock has been epidotized. The chalcopyrite is locally oxidized to malachite and azurite. Marcasite, reported by Jasper (1955), possibly formed by late hypogene replacement of pyrrhotite and pyrite.Samples of magnetite- and pyrite-rich rock collected by Jasper (1955, p. 5) assayed up to a detectable trace of gold, 0.96 ounce of silver per ton, and 0.89 percent copper. The prospect owners reported higher copper values in selected samples of material (Jasper, 1955), but in deposits too small to mine (Berg and Cobb, 1967).
|Geologic map unit||(-153.665616202335, 59.6774610888588)|
|Mineral deposit model||Cu skarn?, Fe skarn? (Cox and Singer, 1986; models 18b, 18d).|
|Mineral deposit model number||18b?, 18d?|
|Age of mineralization||Probably Jurassic.|
|Alteration of deposit||Marble roof pendants and isolated lenses in quartz diorite are silicified and pyritized. Some masses have been altered to garnet and magnetite rock. Epidote skarn locally formed in marble and in the intrusion(?). Oxidation of copper.|
|Workings or exploration||The prospect was located by Charles Keys in 1905. Martin and Katz (1910) reported two prospect pits near the contact of hornblende quartz diorite and greenstone. By 1912, Martin and Katz (1912) reported nine claims on the steep slope. The prospect was apparently inactive and abandoned until about 1955, when Grubstakers, Inc., filed four claims on the property. Jasper (1955) examined the property and concluded that it did not warrant any further work. His channel samples yielded up to trace amounts of gold, 0.96 ounce of silver per ton, and 0.89 percent copper.|
|Indication of production||None|
Berg, H.C., and Cobb, E.H., 1967, Metalliferous lode deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1246, 254 p.
Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Iliamna, Lake Clark, Lime Hills, and McGrath quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-485, 101 p.
Detterman, R.L., and Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Iliamna quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-364, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Detterman, R. L., and Reed, B. L., 1964, Preliminary map of the geology of the Iliamna quadrangle, Alaska: U. S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Geological Investigations Map I-407, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Detterman, R.L., and Reed, B.L., 1980, Stratigraphy, structure, and economic geology of the Iliamna quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1368-B, 86 p.
Jasper, M.W., 1956, McNeil copper claim group, Paint River area: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Property Examination 103-2, 19 p., 3 sheets.
MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous and selected non-metalliferous mineral deposits in the eastern part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-A, 99 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.
Martin, G.C., and Katz, F.J., 1910, Outline of the geology and mineral resources of the Iliamna and Clark lakes region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 442-E, p. 179-200.
|Reporters||C.C. Hawley, Hawley Resource Group, Anchorage, Alaska|
|Last report date||6/8/2003|