Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu; Fe
Other commodities Ag
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; magnetite
Gangue minerals epidote; garnet; quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-4
Latitude 62.51
Longitude -154.718
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Location and accuracy The Lone occurrence is located about 0.5 miles south of VABM Lone at an elevation of 2,500 feet (762 m) in the SE1/4 sec. 18, T. 28 N., R. 29 W., of the Seward Meridian. The reporter visited the site in 1982 and 1992.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

A leucocratic, biotite granite radiometrically dated at 71.0 Ma (Solie and others, 1991) intrudes Lower Ordovician deepwater carbonate of the Nixon Fork Subterrane (Decker and others, 1994). The intrusion created a 760 meter wide thermal aureole, which locally has formed hornfels and small, discontinuous pods of skarn. The skarns at the Lone occurrence consist of magnetite, epidote, undetermined amphibole, and weakly disseminated pyrite and chalcopyrite. The magnetite bearing skarns crop out over a 10 meter by 12 meter area (Bundtzen, Harris, and Gilbert, 1997).
Selected analyses (2) of the skarn zones at the Lone occurrence contain up to 0.50 percent copper, 35.00 percent iron, and 4.7 grams/tonne silver.
Geologic map unit (-154.720269682478, 62.5093707216322)
Mineral deposit model Copper-iron skarns (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 18b).
Mineral deposit model number 18b
Age of mineralization Inferred to be related to the 71.0 Ma granite intrusion (Solie and others, 1991).
Alteration of deposit Epidote.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Selected analyses from surface samples at the Lone occurrence contain up to 0.50 percent copper, 35.00 percent iron, and 4.7 g/tonne silver.
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates None.

Additional comments

See Nixon Fork and Whirlwind skarn deposits (MD040, MD064, MD062) in Medfra quadrangle.



Decker, J., Bergman, S.C., Blodgett, R.B., Box, S.E., Bundtzen, T.K., Clough, J.G., Coonrad, W.L., Gilbert, W.G., Miller, M.L., Murphy, J.M., Robinson, M.S., and Wallace, W.K., 1994, Geology of southwestern Alaska, in Plafker, G. and Berg, H.C., eds., The Geology of Alaska: Geological Society of America DNAG, The Geology of North America, v. G-1, p. 285-310.
Reporters T.K. Bundtzen (Pacific Rim Geological Consulting)
Last report date 11/20/1998