Plutyas, Phityas

Prospect, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; pyrite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale KC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-6
Latitude 55.195
Longitude -131.739
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Location and accuracy
The approximate location of the Plutyas prospect is at an elevation of about 800 feet on the northeast ridge of Punch Hill. The site is in section 17, T. 77 S., R. 91 E., of the Copper River Meridian. It corresponds to loc. 114 in Elliott and others (1978). The location is probably accurate within about 0.1 mile.
Also see Additional comments.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Southern Gravina Island is underlain by an assemblage of undivided Silurian or Ordovician metamorphosed bedded and intrusive rocks; a stock and associated dikes of Silurian trondhjemite that cuts the metamorphic assemblage; and a sequence of Upper Triassic carbonate, clastic, rhyolitic, and basaltic strata that unconformably overlies the older rocks (Berg, 1973, 1982; Berg and others, 1988). The rocks are complexly folded and are cut by high-angle faults and by low-angle thrust faults. In many places, the Triassic rhyolite and the rocks beneath it are permeated by microscopic particles of hydrothermal hematite, giving them a pink, purple, or red hue (Berg, 1973, p. 14).
Wright and Wright (1908, p. 140) describe the Plutyas prospect only as a quartz vein heavily mineralized with pyrite. The vein is in banded chlorite schist and strikes N20W. The Wrights' description suggests that the Plutyas and Damon (KC114) prospects are on different parts of the same, NW-striking vein. Their map (Wright and Wright, 1908, fig. 10), however, shows that the prospects align E-W, not NW-SE, which suggests instead that the veins are on separate, parallel, NW-striking faults.
Maas and others' (1995, p. 227) description of the mineral deposits in the Seal Cove area probably applies in general to the Plutyas prospect. They report that chalcopyrite occurs as vein fillings, disseminations, and in fault breccias west and northwest of Seal Cove. The mineralized breccias have a siliceous matrix. Small quartz-barite veins with galena and sphalerite have been found west of Seal Cove, and on the northeast slopes of Punch Hill.
Maas and others (1995, p. 227) report that copper mineralization on southern Gravina Island generally is associated with faulting. The deposits are mainly in meta-andesite (greenschist) and trondhjemite, but also in the overlying Triassic strata. The deposits are chiefly chalcopyrite- and pyrite-bearing quartz fissure veins, but the sulfide minerals also occur as disseminations in the metavolcanic rocks, in silicified zones in the trondhjemite, and as clasts or pods in silicified or carbonatized breccia. The character and setting of the deposits suggest that they mainly are polymetallic veins of Late Triassic or younger age.
Geologic map unit (-131.740678590761, 55.1946528139241)
Mineral deposit model Polymetallic veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c)
Mineral deposit model number 22c
Age of mineralization Late Triassic or younger.
Alteration of deposit Probably local silicification, carbonatization, pyritization, and introduction of hydrothermal hematite.

Production and reserves

Indication of production Undetermined

Additional comments

Wright and Wright (1908) spell the name of this prospect 'Plutyas' on p. 140, and 'Phityas' on fig. 10.

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