Unnamed (north of confluence of Chickamin River and South Fork)

Occurrence, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

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

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale KC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-3
Latitude 55.889
Longitude -130.705
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is at an elevation of about 600 feet in cliffs east of the Chickamin River, about 2 miles north of the mouth of the South Fork. The site is in section 16, T. 69 S., R. 96 E., of the Copper River Meridian. It corresponds to area M-4 in Berg and others (1977), and to loc. 19 in Elliott and others (1978). The location is accurate within 0.1 mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The country rocks in the area of this occurrence consist chiefly of rusty-weathering pelitic paragneiss that forms roof pendants, screens, and inclusions in Tertiary or Cretaceous foliated granodiorite and quartz diorite of the Coast Range batholith (Berg and others, 1977, p. 126; Berg and others, 1988). The paragneiss probably represents marine argillaceous and clastic 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 consists of a zone of rusty-weathering pyritic paragneiss and schist, whose foliation strikes N30W and dips 55NE. The zone is about 450 feet thick and its outcrop can be traced along strike to the southeast for about 3 miles (Berg and others, 1977, p. 126 and pl. 2). The zone probably is the southeast extension of a similar rusty zone on the other side of Chickamin River (KC018). In addition to locally abundant pyrite, the rocks contain sparse chalcopyrite. Chip samples taken perpendicular to the foliation across about 350 feet of the zone assayed up to 150 ppm Mo, 95 ppm Cu, 15 ppm Pb, 80 ppm Zn, and 1 ppm Ag. One sample contained a trace (less than 0.05 ppm) of gold (Berg and others, 1977, p. 126 and fig. 36).
Geologic map unit (-130.706706302911, 55.8886570024359)
Mineral deposit model Disseminated base-metal sulfides in rusty-weathering paragneiss
Alteration of deposit Conspicuous iron-staining.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Thirteen chip samples taken perpendicular to the foliation across about 350 feet of a 600-foot-thick zone of iron-stained paragneiss assayed up to 150 ppm Mo, 95 ppm Cu, 15 ppm Pb, 80 ppm Zn, and 1 ppm Ag. One sample contained a trace (less than 0.05 ppm) of gold (Berg and others, 1977, p. 126 and fig. 36).
Indication of production None

Additional comments

Site is in Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness.

References