Unnamed (west of lower Nabesna Glacier)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; pyrite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NB
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Latitude 62.1283
Longitude -142.9363
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is on the east nose of a low ridge along the north side of a west tributary stream to lower Nabesna Glacier. It is at an elevation of about 3,800 feet, 2,500 feet west of the glacier and about 1.6 miles east-southeast of elevation 5370. The site is in the NE1/4 of section 13, T. 4 N., R. 13 E. of the Copper River Meridian. This is locality 11 of Richter (1973), locality 21 of Richter and others (1975), and National Park Service locality WRST-29 (unpublished data). Cobb and Richter (1980) included this locality as an 'Unnamed occurrence'. It is located to within a few hundred feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Small irregular masses of pyrite and minor chalcopyrite occur in contact-metamorphosed Triassic, Nikolai Greenstone. A chip sample of pyrite-bearing greenstone contained 500 parts per million (ppm) copper, more than 100 ppm scandium, 200 ppm nickel, and 300 ppm chromium (Richter and Matson, 1970 [OFR 70-276]). This occurrence is in the contact zone of a diorite stock that is inferred to be a border phase of the mid-Cretaceous Nabesna pluton (Richter, 1973).
Geologic map unit (-142.938423608594, 62.1279033852809)
Mineral deposit model Contact metamorphic copper deposit
Age of mineralization Mid-Cretaceous? The nearby diorite stock is inferred to be a border phase of the mid-Cretaceous Nabesna pluton (Richter, 1973).
Alteration of deposit Tactite development in contact metamorphosed greenstone.

Production and reserves

Indication of production None

Additional comments

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