Lakina

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Ore minerals azurite; bornite; chalcocite; covellite; malachite; native copper

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-7
Latitude 61.5586
Longitude -143.3964
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Location and accuracy This prospect is on the west valley wall of upper Lakina River. It is at an elevation of about 4,600 feet, 4,500 feet east-southeast of elevation 5710, and 8,800 feet north-northwest of the confluence of Mill Creek and Lakina River. The site is just inside the center of the south boundary of section 34, T. 3 S., R. 11 E. of the Copper River Meridian. This is locality 101 of MacKevett (1976); the location is accurate to within about 100 feet. Cobb and MacKevett (1980) included this prospect under the name 'Lakina R.'.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This prospect consists of two shear zones, each less than 1 meter thick, that contain chalcocite, bornite, covellite, malachite, and azurite (Moffit and Maddren, 1909; MacKevett, 1976). The shear zones cut Triassic Nikolai Greenstone and a nearby brecciated flow top in the Nikolai contains native copper. The deposits were explored by numerous surface workings and an adit. Some exploration was done as recently as the 1950s (MacKevett, 1976).
Geologic map unit (-143.398483472707, 61.5581526503852)
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 The deposits were explored by numerous surface workings and an adit. Some exploration was done as recently as the 1950s (MacKevett, 1976).
Indication of production Undetermined

Additional comments

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

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