Warner

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Other commodities Ag
Ore minerals bornite; chalcopyrite; malachite
Gangue minerals calcite; quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-8
Latitude 61.7066
Longitude -143.9609
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Location and accuracy This prospect is on the west bank of lower Rock Creek. It is at an elevation of about 2,500 feet, 5,800 feet northwest of elevation 5282, and 1,500 feet east-southeast of the center of section 9, T. 2 S., R. 8 E. of the Copper River Meridian. This is locality 169 of MacKevett (1976) and locality 8 of MacKevett and others (1978). The location is accurate to within about 100 feet. Cobb and MacKevett (1980) included this prospect under the name 'Warner'.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The deposit at this prospect consists of a brecciated quartz-calcite vein up to 1 meter thick that contains minor amounts of bornite, chalcopyrite. and malachite (Moffit and Mertie, 1923; MacKevett, 1976). The vein is in Triassic Nikolai Greenstone. A sample of the mineralization contained 5 parts per million (ppm) silver and 20,000 ppm copper (MacKevett, 1976). A 25-foot-long adit explored this deposit. The widespread deposition of copper in Triassic greenstone and limestone of the area is thought to have accompanied regional deformation and low-grade metamorphism in the Late Jurassic or Early Cretaceous (MacKevett and others, 1997). Copper-bearing minerals were deposited in the underlying Nikolai Greenstone at about 112 Ma (Silberman and others, 1980).
Geologic map unit (-143.962994792142, 61.7061368863366)
Mineral deposit model Basaltic Cu (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 23)
Mineral deposit model number 23
Age of mineralization Cretaceous? The widespread deposition of copper in Triassic greenstone and limestone of the area is thought to have accompanied regional deformation and low-grade metamorphism in the Late Jurassic or Early Cretaceous (MacKevett and others, 1997). Copper-bearing minerals were deposited in the underlying Nikolai Greenstone at about 112 Ma (Silberman and others, 1980).
Alteration of deposit Oxidation.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration A 25-foot-long adit explored this deposit.
Indication of production None

Additional comments

The locality is in the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve.

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