Little Maumee

Prospect, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Cu
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; gold; pyrite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale KC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-6
Latitude 55.599
Longitude -131.952
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Location and accuracy The approximate location of the Little Maumee prospect is at about 100 feet elevation, 0.1 mile inland from the southwest shore of Helm Bay, and 1.0 mile east -northeast of the head of the falls at the mouth of Falls Creek. The site is in section 29, T. 72 S., R. 88 E., of the Copper River Meridian. It corresponds to loc. 38 in Elliott and others (1978). The location is accurate within about 0.2 mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The country rocks near this site include gray and green phyllite and semischist derived from intertonguing flysch and andesitic and basaltic volcanic rocks (Berg and others, 1988, p. 17-20); and gray felsic schist possibly derived from silicic tuff (Maas and others, 1995, p. 183 and fig. 46). Near Smugglers Cove, the bedded rocks are intruded by diorite that may be transitional to the andesitic and basaltic volcanic rocks. The bedded and intrusive rocks were regionally metamorphosed to greenschist grade in Late Cretaceous time (Brew, 1996, p. 27). Their premetamorphic age is uncertain. Berg and others (1988, p. 17) note that the intertonguing flysch and volcanic rocks closely resemble Upper Jurassic to mid-Cretaceous marine strata nearby on Gravina Island.
The deposit consists of quartz fissure veins up to about 12 inches thick in porphyritic diorite (Brooks, 1902, p. 58). The principal vein strikes E-W and contains pyrite, chalcopyrite, and, reportedly, small amounts of gold. Small amounts of auriferous pyrite also are disseminated in the diorite adjacent to the vein. Fluid inclusion studies of quartz vein material from several of the Helm Bay lodes suggest that the veins formed at temperatures and pressures consistent with conditions during the Late Cretaceous greenschist-grade regional metamorphism (Maas and others, 1995, p. 184).
Geologic map unit (-131.953682766166, 55.5986374708001)
Mineral deposit model Low-sulfide gold-quartz veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a)
Mineral deposit model number 36a
Age of mineralization Late Cretaceous.
Alteration of deposit Local pyritization of wallrock adjacent to principal vein.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Workings in the early 1900s probably consisted of small pits and trenches.
Indication of production None