Golden Rod

Prospect, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale KC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-4
Latitude 55.373
Longitude -131.184
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy The Golden Rod prospect is at an elevation of about 300 feet, approximately 0.15 mile east of the mouth of Beaver Lake. The site is in section 7, T. 75 S., R. 94 E., of the Copper River Meridian. It corresponds to loc. 89 in Elliott and others (1978). The location is accurate within about 0.1 mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

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.
The deposit at this site consists of a quartz fissure vein up to 16 feet thick in aplitic and gneissic granodiorite (Wright and Wright, 1908, p. 147). The vein strikes N50E and dips 80SE. According to the Wrights, 'The mineralization is slight and the [gold] values are ...correspondingly low.' The vein was explored in the early 1900s by several open cuts.
Maas and others (1995, p. 215) note that the quartz in the veins in the Sea Level mine area is not recrystallized; the veins thus are probably younger than most or all of the Late Cretaceous regional metamorphism.
Geologic map unit (-131.185694053489, 55.3726600601698)
Mineral deposit model Low-sulfide Au-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 the Sea Level mine area is not recrystallized; the veins thus are probably younger than most or all of the Late Cretaceous regional metamorphism.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The deposit was prospected in the early 1900s by several open cuts.
Indication of production None

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