Unnamed (west of Monte Cristo Creek)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold; pyrite
Gangue minerals gypsum; quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NB
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-5
Latitude 62.2128
Longitude -143.0209
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy This occurrence is at an elevation of about 4,900 feet on the north valley-wall of Monte Cristo Creek valley near the point that the creek crosses the east boundary of the Nabesna A-5 quadrangle. The site coincides with one shown on an unpublished National Park Service map; it is near the center of the SW1/4 of section 9, T. 5 N., R. 13 E. of the Copper River Meridian. This is National Park Service locality WRST-19 (unpublished data) and the coordinates for this occurrence were provided by the National Park Service.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

An unpublished National Park Service map and accompanying database identify this locality as a porphyry gold prospect. Bedrock in this part of Monte Cristo Creek is marine and subaerial volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks of the Lower Cretaceous, Chisana Formation (Richter, 1976). Nearly horizontal volcanic rocks of the upper Tertiary and Quaternary, Wrangell Lava unconformably overly the Chisana Formation. The Chisana Formation is extensively hydrothermally altered and is characteristically replaced by gypsum-quartz-sulfide assemblages (Richter, 1976). Tertiary hornblende-plagioclase porphyry crops out downstream in Monte Cristo Creek in the Nabesna A-4 quadrangle. A K/Ar age for this porphyry is 17 Ma (Richter, 1973).
Geologic map unit (-143.023025336001, 62.2124095926742)
Mineral deposit model Porphyry gold?
Age of mineralization Tertiary? Hydrothermal alteration may be related to the emplacement of a hornblende-plagioclase porphyry downstream in the Nabesna A-4 quadrangle; the porphyry has a 17 Ma K/Ar age (Richter, 1973).
Alteration of deposit Gypsum-quartz-sulfide (pyrite?) replacement of Chisana Formation volcanic rocks. Oxidation is shown by abundant iron-oxide staining.

Production and reserves

Indication of production None

Additional comments

The prospect is in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve.