Unnamed (upper East Fork of Clearwater Creek)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Zn
Other commodities Ag; Au; Cu; Pb
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; galena; pyrite; pyrrhotite; sphalerite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-2
Latitude 63.309
Longitude -150.5338
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is on the west side of a prominent ridge in the upper part of the East Fork of Clearwater Creek. The ridge lies between two north- flowing tributaries to the East Fork. Its position is known only from a location by Reed (1961) on a 1:250,000-scale map. The occurrence is probably in the SW 1/4 of section 36, T. 18 S., R. 16 W., Fairbanks Meridian. The location is probably correct within one-half mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This occurrence is in the Eocene or Oligocene McGonagall pluton (Reed and Lanphere, 1974; Cole, 1998). Reed (1961, explanation on plate 1) described it only as a mixed sulfide deposit consisting mainly of pyrrhotite and sphalerite accompanied by lesser amounts of galena, pyrite, and chalcopyrite. The deposit is inferred to be Oligocene, roughly contemporaneous with the Eocene or Oligocene emplacement age of the McGonagall pluton. A similar deposit about 1/2 mile ENE is described in record MM155.
Geologic map unit (-150.536046550315, 63.3084989110905)
Mineral deposit model Pluton-hosted, polymetallic lode (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c).
Mineral deposit model number 22c
Age of mineralization The deposit is inferred to be Oligocene, roughly contemporaneous with the Eocene or Oligocene emplacement age of the McGonagall pluton.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The occurrence is known only from a map location. No claims are known to have been filed on it.
Indication of production None

Additional comments

The occurrence is within Denali National Park and Preserve.

References

References

Cole, R. B., 1998, Early Tertiary post-subduction volcanism and deformation along the north side of the McKinley fault, Alaska [abs]: Geological Society of America. Abstracts with program, v. 30, p. 177.
Reed, B. L., and Lanphere, M. A., 1974, Offset plutons and history of movement along the McKinley segment of the Denali fault system, Alaska: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 85, p. 1883-1892.
Reporters C.C. Hawley
Last report date 12/13/2000