Dickens Creek

Occurrence, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu; Pb
Other commodities Ag; Au
Ore minerals azurite; bornite; chalcopyrite; galena; malachite; pyrite
Gangue minerals calcite; mica; quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-1
Latitude 64.866
Longitude -165.2096
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy This occurrence is at 1,100 feet elevation in the headwaters of Dickens Creek, a east tributary to upper Nome River (Cathcart, 1922, fig. 15). It is 0.4 mile south of the Copper Mountain prospect (NM054).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This is a copper occurrence that may be similar to other copper prospects in the area such as Copper Mountain (NM054), Copper King (NM051), and Copper Creek (NM053) that contain copper carbonate and copper sulfide-bearing, silica-rich zones in metacarbonate rocks. Country rocks at this locality are interlayered pelitic schist and marble (Thurston, 1985, figure 3A).
The location is shown in figure 15 of Cathcart (1922) due south of locally named Copper Mountain. Country rock was mapped as chloritic, feldspathic, and graphitic schist containing many limestone units. The area appears to have been first visited by Smith (1908, p. 240-242), then by Moffit (1913, p. 134-135).
Geologic map unit (-165.21222529133, 64.8652434896131)
Mineral deposit model Carbonate-hosted, sulfide-bearing silica-rich rock?
Age of mineralization Late Proterozoic, early Paleozoic, or Cretaceous.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Prospect pits.
Indication of production None


MRDS Number 10307955


Reporters C.C. Hawley and Travis L. Hudson
Last report date 10/22/1999