Unnamed (north side of Carl Creek)

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Other commodities Ag; Au; Mo
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; molybdenite; pyrite
Gangue minerals quartz; sericite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NB
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-2
Latitude 62.0451
Longitude -141.5805
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Location and accuracy This prospect is on the nose of a low, southeast-trending ridge on the east wall of the valley of Carl Creek . It is at an elevation of about 5,100 feet, about 1.1 miles southeast of peak 7064, about 1.5 miles west-northwest of peak 6820. The site is in the NW1/4 of section 16, T. 3 N., R. 21 E. of the Copper River Meridian. This is locality 5 of Richter and Matson (1970), locality 46 of Richter and others (1975), and is included in National Park Service locality 92 (unpublished data). Cobb and Richter (1980) included this prospect under the name 'Carl Cr.'. It is located to within a few hundred feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Pyrite and chalcopyrite occur in quartz veinlets and as disseminations in granodiorite and quartz monzonite of the Cretaceous, Klein Creek pluton (Richter and Matson, 1970 [OFR 70-275]; Richter and others, 1975; Richter and Jones, 1973; Richter, Lanphere, and Matson, 1975). The mineralization is in a 300- by 600-foot hydrothermally altered zone characterized by veins of quartz and sericite. Surface samples average about 0.01 percent copper and less than 0.01 percent molybdenum. A grab sample of limonite-stained granodiorite contained 0.2 parts per million (ppm ) gold and 700 ppm copper (Richter and Matson, 1970 [OFR 70-275]). The deposit is estimated to contain about 8 million tons of material with a grade of 0.20 percent copper and very low amounts of molybdenum (Richter and others, 1975). The Klein Creek pluton has a K/Ar date of 111 +/- 3.6 Ma (Richter, Lanphere, and Matson, 1975). This pluton intrudes volcanic rocks of the Cretaceous, Chisana Formation in the area of Carl Creek (Richter and Jones, 1973).
Geologic map unit (-141.582634906712, 62.0447556789823)
Mineral deposit model Porphyry Cu-Mo (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 21a)
Mineral deposit model number 21a
Age of mineralization Related to Cretaceous pluton; the Klein Creek pluton has a K/Ar date of 111 +/- 3.6 Ma (Richter, Lanphere, and Matson, 1975).
Alteration of deposit Quartz-sericite-pyrite veining and replacement(?); oxidation has produced iron- and copper-staining.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Surface prospecting has occurred since 1967.
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates The deposit is estimated to contain about 8 million tons of material with a grade of 0.20 percent copper and very low amounts of molybdenum (Richter and others, 1975).

Additional comments

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

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