Easter

Prospect, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals arsenopyrite; gold; pyrite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale KC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-6
Latitude 55.404
Longitude -131.809
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Location and accuracy The Easter prospect is at an elevation of about 150 feet in or near the valley of an unnamed, northeast-flowing creek that enters the west side of the north end of Tongass Narrows, about 0.5 mile south of Rock Point. The site is in section 36, T. 74 S., R. 89 E., of the Copper River Meridian. It corresponds to loc. 54 in Elliott and others (1978), and to loc. 265 in Maas and others (1995). The location is accurate within 0.1 mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The country rocks on northern Gravina Island are chiefly Upper Jurassic to mid-Cretaceous andesitic and basaltic volcanic rocks that gradationally intertongue with flyschlike sedimentary rocks. The rocks are intruded by at least one pluglike body of Tertiary gabbro (Berg, 1973; Berg and others, 1988). The bedded rocks were regionally metamorphosed to low-greenschist grade in Late Cretaceous time, and subsequently contact metamorphosed to hornblende hornfels near the contact of the Tertiary gabbro. The country rocks are cut by a high-angle fault along Tongass Narrows that displays about 4 miles of right-lateral offset.
The deposit is in slate and greenschist and consists of quartz fissure veins up to two feet thick that contain pyrite, a trace of arsenopyrite, and free gold (Brooks, 1902, p. 62-63). The principal vein was traced on the surface for 3800 feet. It strikes NW and dips steeply NE, at an angle to the foliation of the schist. Around 1901, the owners reported gold values of $3-$400/ton (Au at $20.67/oz.). At that time, the deposit had been explored by a six-foot-deep pit.
Geologic map unit (-131.810682892344, 55.4036456040657)
Mineral deposit model Low-sulfide gold-quartz veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a)
Mineral deposit model number 36a
Age of mineralization Late Cretaceous or younger.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Around 1901, the owners reported gold values of $3-$400/ton (Au at $20.67/oz.). At that time, the deposit had been explored by a six-foot-deep pit.
Indication of production None

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