Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Other commodities Ag; Zn
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; pyrrhotite; pyrite; sphalerite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale LC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-2
Latitude 60.96
Longitude -153.51
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Location and accuracy About 3 km northwest of Telaquana Pass, on a mountain peak surrounded by glaciers. Locality 38 of MacKevett and Holloway (1977). Sec. 15, T. 10 N., R. 24 W., of the Seward Meridian. Location accurate within 1.6 km.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Skarn deposit; marble interbedded with schist, phyllite, and metamorphosed mafic volcanic rocks in a large roof pendant in granitic rocks (Nelson and others, 1983). Mineralization consists of pyrite, pyrrhotite and minor amounts of chalcopyrite and sphalerite in granitic rocks and in metasedimentary roof pendants (MacKevett and Holloway, 1977). Quite similar to the nearby Glacier Fork occurrence (ARDF number LC008) and another unnamed occurrence (ARDF number LC010).
According to Nelson and others (1983, unit MzPzm), some of the metasedimentary rocks may correlate with the Kakhonak Complex of Permian(?), Triassic, and Jurassic age in the Iliamna quadrangle, and some may be graywacke of Jurassic and Cretaceous (?) age that has been metamorphosed by nearby plutonic rocks. Some of the metamorphosed volcanic rocks, especially in roof pendants, are probably part of the volcanic rocks of Tertiary age (Tv). Nelson and others (1983, unit Ti16) describe the granitic rocks as medium-gray, medium-grained biotite-hornblende granodiorite. Potassium-argon dates on biotite and hornblende from one specimen of this unit yielded ages of about 31 to 35 m.y. (Reed and Lanphere, 1972; 1973).
Geologic map unit (-153.51226607024, 60.9593463103257)
Mineral deposit model Porphyry Cu or Cu skarn (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 17 or 18b)
Mineral deposit model number 17 or 18b
Age of mineralization The granodiorite that produced the skarn has potassium-argon dates on biotite and hornblende of about 31 to 35 m.y. (Reed and Lanphere, 1972; 1973).

Production and reserves

Indication of production None

Additional comments

Site is in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.


MRDS Number A106365


Reed, B.L., and Lanphere, M.A., 1973, Alaska-Aleutian Range batholith: Geochronology, chemistry, and relation to circum-Pacific plutonism: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 84, no. 8, p. 2583-2609.
Reporters D.P. Bickerstaff (USGS)
Last report date 6/15/1998