|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||MC|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||C-8|
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|Location and accuracy||This occurrence is on the east valley wall of lower Kuskulana Glacier. It is at an elevation of about 3,900 feet, 5,400 feet north-northwest of elevation 6610, and 2,000 feet south-southwest of the center of section 5, T. 3 S., R. 10 E. of the Copper River Meridian. This is locality 128 of MacKevett (1976) and locality 23 of MacKevett and others (1978). The location is accurate to within about 100 feet.|
Geologic descriptionThis occurrence consists of amygdules in Triassic Nikolai Greenstone that are filled with epidote, quartz , and smaller amounts of native copper and tenorite (MacKevett, 1976). A sample of the mineralization contained 3,000 parts per million copper. 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||(-143.636087674073, 61.6307461038273)|
|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.|
|Indication of production||None|
Additional commentsThe locality is in the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve.
MacKevett, E.M., Jr., 1976, Mineral deposits and occurrences in the McCarthy quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-773-B, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.
MacKevett, E.M., Jr., Cox, D.P., Potter, R.W., III, and Silberman, M.L., 1997, Kennecott-type deposits in the Wrangell Mountains, Alaska--High-grade copper ores near a basalt-limestone contact, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 66-89.
MacKevett, E.M., Jr., Smith, J.G., Jones, D.L., and Winkler, G.R., 1978, Geologic map of the McCarthy C-8 quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map GQ-1418, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.
|Reporters||Travis L. Hudson (Applied Geology, Inc.)|
|Last report date||1/12/2003|