|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||NM|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||C-1|
|Nearby scientific data||Find additional scientific data near this location|
|Location and accuracy||The Widstedt prospect is at an elevation of about 250 feet in a small drainage on the south flank of Bonanza Hill (elevation 640 feet) and about 500 feet due west of the Snake River road. It is locality 20 of Hummel (1962 [MF 247]) and included in locality 48 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]). The map loction is just inside the west-central boundary of section 36, T. 10 S., R. 34 W., Kateel River Meridian.|
The Widstedt prospect lies within or near the Anvil Creek fault and related shear zones that are as much as 120 feet wide. The deposit consists of quartz-calcite veins that contain arsenopyrite, pyrite, and locally stibnite.
The veins commonly cut schist or are localized in shear zones (Collier and others, 1908; Brooks, 1916; Mertie, 1918 [B 662-I, p. 425-449]; Cathcart, 1922). Pyrite and arsenopyrite also are disseminated in schist adjacent to the veins, and some sulfide-rich zones are as much as 15 feet wide. Stibnite lenses with little quartz occur at this prospect and some stibnite ore has reportedly been produced (Mertie, 1918 [B 662-I, p. 425-449]; Cathcart, 1922). Material from a dump next to a water-filled shaft consisted of finely crystalline stibnite associated with pyrite and arsenopyrite in small veinlets cutting quartz and schist. An open cut exposed a 12 foot-wide zone of quartz stringers cut by veinlets of finely crystalline stibnite.The Anvil Creek fault is a through-going high-angle structure that inthis area juxtaposes different types of graphitic schist and dark graphitic quartzite in this area (Hummel, 1962 [MF 247]). Bedrock is mostly graphitic schist, probably of early Paleozoic protolith age (Hummel, 1962 [MF 247]; Sainsbury, Hummel, and Hudson, 1972 [OFR 72-326]; Till and Dumoulin, 1994; Bundtzen and others, 1994).
|Geologic map unit||(-165.400103691867, 64.5792345570717)|
|Mineral deposit model||Low-sulfide Au-quartz veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a) and/or possibly simple Sb deposits (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 27d).|
|Mineral deposit model number||36a, 27d?|
|Age of mineralization||Mid-Cretaceous; vein cuts schist metamorphosed during the mid-Cretaceous; see NM207.|
|Workings or exploration||An exploration shaft was filled with water by 1920; some open-cut surface workings are also present (Cathcart, 1922). In 1916, the total length of underground workings on lode gold prospects in Anvil Creek valley was several hundred feet (Mertie, 1918 [B 662-I, p. 425-449]).|
|Indication of production||Yes; small|
|Production notes||A small amount of antimony ore is reported to have been mined from the Widstedt prospect (Mertie, 1918 [B 662-I. p. 425-449]).|
|MRDS Number||A012844; A012845|
Bundtzen, T.K., Reger, R.D., Laird, G.M., Pinney, D.S., Clautice, K.H., Liss, S.A., and Cruse, G.R., 1994, Progress report on the geology and mineral resources of the Nome mining district: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Public Data-File 94-39, 21 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.
Cathcart, S.H., 1922, Metalliferous lodes in southern Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 722-F, p. 163-261.
Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-463, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.
Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File report 78-93, 213 p.
Collier, A.J., Hess, F.L., Smith, P.S., and Brooks, A.H., 1908, The gold placers of parts of Seward Peninsula, Alaska, including the Nome, Council, Kougarok, Port Clarence, and Goodhope precincts: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 328, 343 p.
Hummel, C.L., 1962, Preliminary geologic map of the Nome C-1 quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-247, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.
Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1918, Lode mining and prospecting on Seward Peninsula, in Brooks, A.H., and others, Mineral resources of Alaska, report on progress of investigations in 1916: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662, p. 425-449.
Sainsbury, C.L., Hummel, C.L., and Hudson, Travis, 1972, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Nome quadrangle, Seward Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 72-326, 28 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Till, A.B., and Dumoulin, J.A, 1994, Geology of Seward Peninsula and St. Lawrence Island, in Plafker, G., and Berg, H.C., eds., The Geology of Alaska: Geological Society of America, DNAG, The Geology of North America, v. G-1, p. 141-152.
|Reporters||C.C. Hawley and Travis L. Hudson|
|Last report date||7/10/2000|