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Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Cu

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NB
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-4
Latitude 62.2189
Longitude -142.7603
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Location and accuracy This prospect is on the west fork of Bond Creek. It is at an elevation of about 3,900 feet, 6,600 feet northeast of peak 752, and 5,500 feet northwest of elevation 6805. The site is in the NE1/4 of section 14, T. 5 N., R. 14 E. of the Copper River Meridian. This is National Park Service locality WRST-33 (unpublished data) and the coordinates for this prospect were provided by the National Park Service.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An unpublished National Park Service map and accompanying database identify this locality as a copper-silver porphyry prospect. Eleven mining claims were once located here and there are numerous surface diggings and short shafts. The bedrock in this area is dominantly granitic rocks of the mid-Cretaceous Nabesna pluton (Richter, 1973). This pluton is locally intruded by dikes, small irregular bodies, and stocks of hornblende-plagioclase porphyry. This porphyry is considered to be Tertiary in age (Richter, 1973).
Geologic map unit (-142.76242817747, 62.2185131300161)
Mineral deposit model Porphyry Cu-Mo (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 21a)
Mineral deposit model number 21a
Age of mineralization Mid-Cretaceous? K/Ar ages for the Nabesna pluton range from 105 +/- 4.0 to 114 +/- 3.4 Ma (Richter and others, 1975; Richter, Lanphere, and Matson, 1975). Many varieties of hornblende-plagioclase porphyry form irregular intrusive bodies into the Nabesna pluton and other regional bedrock units in the area; the porphyry is considered to be Tertiary in age (Richter, 1973).
Alteration of deposit Hydrothermal alteration like that at other porphyry copper prospects in the area (e.g. NB043) may be present.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Eleven mining claims were once located here and there are numerous surface diggings and short shafts.
Indication of production None

Additional comments

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

References

References

Richter, D.H., Lanphere, M.A., and Matson, N.A., Jr., 1975, Granite plutonism and metamorphism, eeastern Alaska Range, Alaska: Geological Society of American Bulletin, v. 86, p. 819-820.
Reporters Travis L. Hudson (Applied Geology)
Last report date 11/24/2002