Unnamed (east side of Queen Inlet)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Fe
Other commodities Co; Cu; Mo; Sn
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; magnetite; pyrite
Gangue minerals calcite; garnet; quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MF
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-2
Latitude 58.904
Longitude -136.512
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Location and accuracy The location is an area on the east side of Queen Inlet near its mouth, and about 2 miles east-northeast of the north end of Composite Island. Mineralization extends about 400 feet along the shore line and extends uphill to at least 1000 feet above sealevel. The coordinates are for the approximate center of the area. The deposit is accurately located. The location is number 39 of Cobb (1972) and number 40 of MacKevett and others (1971).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The area is underlain by a mixed bedded unit of Devonian and Silurian age that is mostly volcanic. Minor amounts of slate, argillite, and marble occur with andesitic volcanics. A major fault that strikes northwest separates the Devonian-Silurian unit from hornfels and marble of undivided Paleozoic age, this fault may mark the uphill termination of the mineral occurrence (Brew and others, 1978, pl. 1A). The bedded rocks are cut by alaskite and porphyritic dikes, probably of Tertiary age. Detailed mapping shows very complex relations (MacKevett and others, 1971, pl. 10). Magnetite occurs in tactite and marble interleaved with alaskite; the marble units generally strike east-northeast and are cut by dark porphyritic andesite dikes that strike northwest. The magnetite-rich bodies are as much as 20 feet thick. The alaskite contains numerous irregular quartz veins and irregular clots, masses and disseminations of sulfides, mainly pyrite and minor chalcopyrite. The andesite dikes also contain disseminated and blebby pyrite. Except for one sample, which contained 7 percent iron, all samples (eight total) contained greater than 10 percent iron. An 18-foot chip sample of the richest magnetite zone contained 23.4 percent iron reported as ferric oxide. The samples were anomalous in copper, cobalt, and tin.
The magnetite bodies are marked by anomalies of about 1000 gammas. Exposure is poor; magnetic anomalies on an uphill traverse were as much as 1300 gammas, probably indicating buried magnetite lenses.
Geologic map unit (-136.51386324903, 58.9036108060473)
Mineral deposit model Contact and porphyry mineralization, magnetite (Fe) skarn (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 18d).
Mineral deposit model number 18d
Age of mineralization Tertiary.
Alteration of deposit Calc-rocks have been altered to tactite composed mainly of calcite, garnet, hornblende, pyroxene and quartz. Propylitic alteration of alaskite has introduced actinolite, calcite, chlorite, and epidote. Actinolite and chlorite, with plagioclase, have also formed in the alteration of the andesite dikes.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Poorly exposed bodies of magnetite and disseminated and blebby pyrite occur in tactite, marble and alaskite. An 18-foot chip sample of the richest-appearing magnetite body contained 23.4 percent iron as ferric oxide. Seven other samples showed major (greater than 10 percent) iron. Copper, cobalt, molybdenum, tin, and zinc were detected in anomalous amounts, respectively 300 ppm, 300 ppm, 20 ppm, 30 ppm, and 300 ppm. There are no mine workings. The most detailed investigation was conducted by the Geological Survey in 1966 (MacKevett and others, 1971).
Indication of production None

Additional comments

Lenses are too small for development, but mineralization is widespread and better deposits could exist in the same system. The mineralized area is in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

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