Prospect, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals auriferous pyrite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale KC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-4
Latitude 55.373
Longitude -131.195
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Location and accuracy The Salve claim is at or near sea level along the shoreline of Thorne Arm, about 0.45 mile northwest of the mouth of Gokachin Creek. The site is in section 18, T. 75 S., R. 94 E., of the Copper River Meridian. It corresponds to loc. 90 in Elliott and others (1978). The location is accurate within 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 consists of a band of sericitic schist that contains a few stringers of quartz (Wright and Wright, 1908, p. 148). The schist strikes NW and dips steeply NE. It is folded and faulted, and cut by dikes of feldspar-porphyritic granodiorite that strike NE, and apparently postdate at least some of the quartz stringers. The quartz contains pyrite, which probably also is sparsely disseminated in the schist. The prospect was explored in the early 1900s by an opencut and test pit.
Geologic map unit (-131.19669397893, 55.3726598931631)
Mineral deposit model Low-sulfide Au-quartz veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a)
Mineral deposit model number 36a
Age of mineralization The veins may have formed during Cretaceous regional metamorphism, but before intrusion of Cretaceous granodiorite.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The prospect was explored in the early 1900s by an opencut and test pit.
Indication of production None