Spring Ridge

Prospects, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Zn
Other commodities Pb
Ore minerals smithsonite
Gangue minerals dolomite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MD
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-3
Latitude 63.466
Longitude -154.13
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Location and accuracy The Spring Ridge prospects consists of two areas of mineralization about 1,000 feet apart on northwest spurs at 1,900 feet in elevation (580 m) in Section 25, T. 23 S., R. 23 E., of the Kateel River Meridian. Location is accurate within 1,000 feet (304 m).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

At the Spring Ridge prospects, smithsonite-bearing gossans occur on two adjacent ridge spurs about 1,000 feet (300 m) apart, and about 30 feet by 50 feet (9 m by 15 m) in size, in the lower part of the Whirlwind Creek Formation of Dutro and Patton (1982); this is unit 'Dda' of Andrews and Rishel (1982). Mineralization in both areas occur in well developed solution breccias in dolomite. Host rock is inferred to be Latest Silurian based on fossils; however, the age of the mineralization is unknown. A grab sample from surface exploration along the eastern spur yielded 2.72 percent zinc and 0.14 percent lead. Two grab samples from the western spur contained 9.07 percent zinc and 12.00 percent zinc respectively; no lead was detected in either sample (Andrews and Rishel, 1982).
Geologic map unit (-154.132332484213, 63.4654096164214)
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 inferred to be Latest Silurian based on fossils (Dutro and Patton, 1982); however, the age of the mineralization is unknown.
Alteration of deposit Secondary dolomite in fractures.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The Spring Ridge prospects were found by WGM Inc. and Patino Ltd. during base metal exploration conducted in the 1970s on lands selected by Doyon Ltd. (Andrews and Rishel, 1982). A grab sample from surface exploration along the eastern spur yielded 2.72 percent zinc and 0.14 percent lead. Two grab samples from the western spur contained 9.07 percent zinc and 12.00 percent zinc respectively; no lead was detected in either sample.
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates None.

Additional comments

See Starship (MD043), Bermuda (MD045), and Bear Pass (MD044) Mississippi Valley Type occurrences in Medfra quadrangle. The Spring Ridge prospects are on land selected or conveyed to Doyon Ltd. For further information, contact Doyon Ltd. at 210 1st Ave., Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701.

References

MRDS Number 10307794

References

Andrews, Tom, and Rishel, John, 1982, Annual Report for 1981, Reef Ridge I-to-XIII Project Areas, Kuskokwim Block, Alaska: Anchorage, Alaska, WGM Inc., Project Report 4, 45 p., 2 sheets, scales 1:63,360 and 1:20,000. (Report held by Doyon, Limited, Fairbanks, Alaska.)
Schmidt, J.M., 1997, Shale-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag and barite deposits of Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral deposits of Alaska, 1997: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 35-65.
Reporters Bundtzen, T.K. (Pacific Rim Geological Consulting)
Last report date 6/2/1998