Unnamed (near mouth of creek draining Leduc Lake)

Occurrence, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Other commodities Ag; Mo; Pb; Zn
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; pyrrhotite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale KC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-3
Latitude 55.929
Longitude -130.815
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is at an elevation of about 100 feet in the canyon walls of the stream draining Leduc Lake, just before the stream enters Leduc River, 2 miles above its confluence with Chickamin River. The site is in section 36, T. 68 S., R. 94 E., of the Copper River Meridian. It corresponds to loc. 17 in Elliott and others (1978). The location is accurate within about 0.1 mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The country rocks in the area of this occurrence are pelitic paragneiss, subordinate quartzofeldspathic paragneiss, and minor marble. These metamorphic rocks form roof pendants, screens, and inclusions in Tertiary or Cretaceous foliated granodiorite and quartz diorite of the Coast Range batholith (Berg and others, 1977, p. 124-126; Berg and others, 1988). The metamorphic rocks probably represent marine argillaceous, clastic, and minor carbonate strata that underwent high-grade regional metamorphism in Cretaceous or Tertiary time. The premetamorphic age of the strata is uncertain, but they probably are mainly Paleozoic and may be as old as Precambrian (Berg and others, 1988, p. 26; Gehrels and others, 1990; Crawford and others, 2000).
The occurrence is a poorly-exposed, rusty-weathering zone in paragneiss about 900-1800 feet wide and 2.5 miles long (Berg and others, 1977, area M-2, p. 124-126). Some of the rocks contain a little pyrrhotite and traces of chalcopyrite. Four chip samples of the accessible part of the zone, representing two separate horizons totalling about 200 feet thick, contained 30-160 ppm Cu, 10-90 ppm Pb, 80-400 ppm Zn, 5-50 ppm Mo, and 0.5-2.0 ppm Ag. A six-foot-thick layer of graphitic marble contained negligible amounts of these metals.
Geologic map unit (-130.816707539435, 55.9286506171914)
Mineral deposit model Disseminated base-metal sulfides in metamorphic roof pendant
Alteration of deposit Locally conspicuous iron-staining.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Four chip samples of the accessible part of the iron-stained zone, representing two separate horizons totalling about 200 feet thick, yielded values of 30-160 ppm Cu, 10-90 ppm Pb, 80-400 ppm Zn, 5-50 ppm Mo, and 0.5-2.0 ppm Ag (Berg and others, 1977, p. 124-126). A six-foot-thick layer of graphitic marble contained negligible amounts of these metals.
Indication of production None

Additional comments

Site is in Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness.

References