Unnamed (head of Dan Creek)

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Cu
Ore minerals chalcocite; covellite; malachite; pyrrhotite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-4
Latitude 61.3747
Longitude -142.4321
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Location and accuracy This prospect is at the head of Dan Creek (MacKevett and Smith, 1972). It is at an elevation of about 4,000 feet, 5,100 feet west-northwest of Joshua Green Peak, and 4,000 feet east-southeast of Nikolai Butte. The site is in the SW1/4 of section 6, T. 6 S., R. 17 E. of the Copper River Meridian. This is locality 54 of MacKevett (1976); the location is accurate to within a few hundred feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The deposit at this prospect consists of scattered veins up to 5 centimeters wide that contain chalcocite, pyrrhotite, covellite and malachite along joints in Triassic Nikolai Greenstone (MacKevett, 1976). A sample of the veins contained 30 parts per million (ppm) silver and more than 20,000 ppm copper (MacKevett and Smith, 1968, sample 53). The deposit was explored by a 15-foot-long adit (MacKevett, 1976). Copper mineralization is common in Nikolai Greenstone and is thought to have accompanied regional deformation and low-grade metamorphism in the Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous (MacKevett and others, 1997).
Geologic map unit (-142.434151179473, 61.3742736835665)
Mineral deposit model Basaltic Cu (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 23)
Mineral deposit model number 23
Age of mineralization Cretaceous? Copper mineralization is common in Nikolai Greenstone and is thought to have accompanied regional deformation and low-grade metamorphism in the Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous (MacKevett and others, 1997).
Alteration of deposit Oxidation.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The deposit was explored with a 15-foot-long adit (MacKevett, 1976).
Indication of production None

Additional comments

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

References

MRDS Number A011696

References

Reporters Travis L. Hudson (Applied Geology, Inc.)
Last report date 1/12/2003