|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||KC|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||B-4|
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|Location and accuracy||The Baltic prospect is at an elevation of about 150-200 feet, 0.3 mile east of the shore of Thorne Arm, and 0.5 mile west of Star Lake. The site is in section 7, T. 75 S., R. 94 E., of the Copper River Meridian. It corresponds to loc. 87 in Elliott and others (1978), and to loc. 299 in Maas and others (1995). The location is accurate within 0.1 mile. Elliott and others, following an error in Wright and Wright (1908, p. 148), erroneously called the site 'Baltic Star.'|
The country rocks in this part of Revillagigedo Island are marine, interbedded, andesitic and basaltic metavolcanic rocks and subordinate pelitic metasedimentary rocks that are intruded by stocks, sills, and dikes of Cretaceous feldspar-porphyritic granodiorite (Berg and others, 1988). The strata and some of the granodiorite were regionally metamorphosed to greenschist grade in Late Cretaceous time. These regionally metamorphosed rocks subsequently were locally remetamorphosed to hornblende hornfels near the contacts of Cretaceous granodiorite plutons that were emplaced after the regional metamorphism. The premetamorphic age of the strata is uncertain. Berg and others (1988) assign them a Mesozoic or (late) Paleozoic age. Berg (1982) and Crawford and others (2000) assign them to the Gravina belt, of Late Jurassic or Cretaceous age, or to the Taku terrane, of late Paleozoic to Late Triassic age. The metamorphic and intrusive rocks locally are overlain by basalt and andesite lava flows of Quaternary or Tertiary age.
According to Wright and Wright (1908, p. 148), the Baltic prospect (which they erroneously called 'Baltic Star') consists of a 1.5-foot-thick quartz fissure vein in mineralized schist. The vein, which was traced on the surface for 300 feet, strikes NE and dips 75 SE, and contains small amounts of pyrite, sphalerite, and galena, in addition to low values in gold. The northeast end of the Baltic claim abuts against a Quaternary basalt lava flow.Maas and others (1995, p. 215) interpret the 'mineralized schist' in the Sea Level mine area as hydrothermally altered mafic metavolcanic rock (see Alteration, below; also see KC095). They also note that the quartz in the veins in this area is not recrystallized; the veins thus are probably younger than most or all of the Late Cretaceous regional metamorphism.
|Geologic map unit||(-131.192694264218, 55.38265970811)|
|Mineral deposit model||Low-sulfide gold-quartz veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a)|
|Mineral deposit model number||36a|
|Age of mineralization||Maas and others (1995, p. 215) note that the quartz in the veins in this area is not recrystallized; the veins thus are probably younger than most or all of the Late Cretaceous regional metamorphism.|
|Alteration of deposit||According to Maas and others (1995, p. 215), the wallrocks of the auriferous veins in the Sea Level mine area are hydrothermally altered to bluish-gray carbonate-sericite-pyrite rock, called 'blue porphyry' in some early reports (for example, Brooks, 1902; Wright and Wright, 1908) (also see KC095).|
|Indication of production||None|
Additional commentsThe Baltic prospect was erroneously called 'Baltic Star' by Wright and Wright (1908, p. 148) and by Elliott and others (1978, loc. 87).
Berg, H.C., 1982, The Alaska Mineral Resource Assessment Program; guide to information about the geology and mineral resources of the Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 855, 24 p.
Berg, H.C., Elliott, R.L., and Koch, R.D., 1988, Geologic map of the Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Investigations Series Map I-1807, 27 p., scale 1:250,000.
Crawford, M.L., Crawford, W.A., and Gehrels, G.E., 2000, Terrane assembly and structural relationships in the eastern Prince Rupert quadrangle, British Columbia, in H.H. Stowell and W.C.McClelland, eds., Tectonics of the Coast Mountains, southeastern Alaska and British Columbia: Geological Society of America Special Paper 343, p. 1-21.
Elliott, R.L., Berg, H.C., and Karl, S.M.,1978, Map and table describing metalliferous and selected non-metalliferous mineral deposits in the Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-73B, 17 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Maas, K.M., Bittenbender, P E., and Still, J.C., 1995, Mineral investigations in the Ketchikan mining district, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 11-95, 606 p.
|Reporters||H.C. Berg, USGS|
|Last report date||7/3/1999|