Unnamed (northwest of Chistochina Glacier)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Other commodities Ag; Au; Ni; Pt
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; pyrite; pyrrhotite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MH
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-2
Latitude 63.2037
Longitude -144.8708
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is float on a moraine on the mountain northwest of the 1966 terminus of the glacier at the head of the Chistochina River. It is in the southern part of the SE1/4SE1/4 section 4, T. 20 S., R. 15 E., Fairbanks Meridian. The occurrence corresponds to locality 18 on figure 1 of Rose (1967) and locality 9 on figure 6 of Cobb (1979 [OFR 79-238]) and is included with nearby site MH284 in locality 133 on table 2 of Nokleberg and others (1991).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

A dunite boulder was collected on glacial moraine near the projected contact of an ultramafic body consisting of dunite, peridotite, and pyroxenite with argillite of the Eagle Creek Formation (Rose, 1967). The ultramafic body is about 1,500 feet across and extends for about one mile, sandwiched between quartz monzonite to the south and argillite of the Eagle Creek Formation to the north. The boulder contained abundant pyrite and probably chalcopyrite and pyrrhotite; it assayed 0.75 percent copper, a trace of gold and platinum, 0.12 ounce of silver per ton, and 0.2 percent nickel (Rose, 1967). The boulder was probably derived locally.
Geologic map unit (-144.873029695114, 63.2033045536306)
Mineral deposit model Ni-Cu-PGE in differentiated mafic-ultramafic sill.
Age of mineralization Probably related to ultramafic rocks of Late Triassic age.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration No workings are reported. The sulfide-bearing boulder was found during mapping by Rose (1967).
Indication of production None