Bear Pass

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Zn
Other commodities As; Cd; Mo
Ore minerals iron oxides
Gangue minerals secondary carbonates

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MD
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-3
Latitude 63.471
Longitude -154.089
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Location and accuracy The Bear Pass prospect is at approximately 2,300 feet (700 m) in elevation along a north-trending ridgeline in Section 29, T. 23 S., R. 25 E., of the Kateel River Meridian. Location is known to within 100 feet (30 m).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Two zones of zinc-bearing, iron oxide gossan occur in areas of 150 feet by 60 feet (46 m by 18 m) and 150 feet by 40 feet (46 m by 12 m) on a prominant ridge top. Mineralization is hosted in a well-developed solution breccia of the Whirlwind Creek Formation of Dutro and Patton (1982); this is in unit 'Dda' of Andrews and Rishel (1982). Host rock is Lower Devonian based on fossil control in 'Dda' unit; age of mineralization is unknown. In both mineralized areas, gossan comprises about 5 percent of available float. A grab sample from an outcrop of solution-breccia mineralization contains 4.38 percent zinc and 100 ppm cadmium (Andrews and Rishel, 1982). Clautice and others (1993) reports grab sample assays of 2.00 percent zinc, 276 ppm arsenic, and 32 ppm molybdenum.
Geologic map unit (-154.091331828016, 63.4704106381589)
Mineral deposit model Southeast Missouri Pb-Zn (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 32a) or Mississippi Valley type (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 32b).
Mineral deposit model number 32a or 32b
Age of mineralization Host rock is Lower Devonian based on fossil control in 'Dda' unit. The age of mineralization is unknown.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The Bear Pass prospect was found by WGM Inc. and Patino Ltd. during the late 1970s while conducting base metal exploration on lands selected by Doyon Ltd. In both mineralized areas, gossan comprises about 5 percent of available float. A grab sample from an outcrop of solution breccia mineralization contains 4.38 percent zinc and 100 ppm cadmium. Clautice and others (1993) reports grab sample assays of 2.00 percent zinc, 276 ppm arsenic, and 32 ppm molybdenum.
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates None.

Additional comments

See Starship (MD043), Spring Ridge (MD047), Beaver (MD048), and Bermuda (MD045) Mississippi Valley Type showings in Medfra quadrangle. The Bear Pass prospect is on land selected or conveyed to Doyon Ltd. For further information, contact Doyon Ltd. at 210 1st Ave., Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701.

References

MRDS Number 10307791

References

Reporters Bundtzen, T.K. (Pacific Rim Geological Consulting)
Last report date 6/2/1998