Baranof Queen

Prospect, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale PA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-4
Latitude 56.99809
Longitude -135.14104
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy There is little information about the Baranof Queen prospect and it was not found by Bittenbender and others (1999). It is probably about 0.9 mile north of Arguello Island at the head of Silver Bay and about 0.1 mile northwest of the center of section 19, T. 56 S., R. 65 E.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This deposit is one of many of similar deposits (PA002 to PA018) scattered over an area of about six square miles at the head of Silver Bay (Bittenbender and others, 1999). The deposits are gold-quartz veins with sparse sulfides, usually only pyrite and arsenopyrite. Samples that have been analyzed with modern methods usually show anomalous arsenic even if arsenopyrite is not identified in the rocks, and several parts per million mercury. The veins are often parallel to the bedding of the host rock which is graywacke and argillite of the Sitka Graywacke of Cretaceous age (Loney and others, 1975). Many of the so-called veins in the early literature are actually fault zones with lenses of quartz or concentrations of quartz stringers along the fault zone. Prospecting began in the area in 1871. The Stewart Mine (PA012) was located in 1872 and it was the first lode-gold mine in Alaska. The Silver Bay area has been prospected intermittently to the present but the veins are relatively small and most are low grade. The area has produced relatively little gold, many of the properties have not been active since before 1900, and there has been no production since the early 1940s.
There is little information about the Baranof Queen prospect other than that it was staked before 1912 (Knopf, 1912). It could not be found by Bittenbender and others (1999) but was shown on their map of the properties in the area. It is probably similar to the other deposits in the Silver Bay area.
Geologic map unit (-135.142804119095, 56.9977258532044)
Mineral deposit model Probably a low-sulfide gold-quartz vein (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a).
Mineral deposit model number 36a
Age of mineralization Cretaceous or younger based on the age of the host rocks.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration No information other than that it was originally staked before 1912.
Indication of production Undetermined
Reserve estimates None.

Additional comments

MAS number: 0021160026.

References

References

Bittenbender, P., Still, J.C., Maas, K., and McDonald, M., Jr., 1999, Mineral resources of the Chichagof and Baranof Islands area, southeast Alaska: Bureau of Land Management, BLM-Alaska Technical Report 19, 222 p.
Reporters Donald J. Grybeck (U.S. Geological Survey)
Last report date 2-Jan-05