Unnamed (near Redfish Bay)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Microcline-perthite; quartz
Other commodities Sn
Ore minerals microcline-perthite
Gangue minerals feldspar; quartz; mica

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale PA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-3
Latitude 56.35769
Longitude -134.88131
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Location and accuracy This occurrences is a pegmatite about 600 feet in diameter that is about 1.0 mile west of the head of Redfish Bay near the middle of the south boundary of section 36, T. 63 S., R. 67 E., of the Copper River Meridian. The location is accurate.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

As described by Sainsbury (1957), this occurrence consists of a circular body of pegmatite about 600 feet in diameter. The pegmatite is in a large composite intrusive body near the contact of monzonite or granite and quartz diorite. Loney and others (1975) map the body as tonalite and granodiorite of Tertiary age. Detailed mapping by Sainsbury indicates that the pegmatite consists of two or more dike-like phases. The pegmatite is zoned with a core of quartz surrounded by a shell of variable mineralogy that includes areas of perthite, quartz, and graphic granite; microcline-perthite; and perthite, mica, and quartz. A border zone is generally quartz and graphic granite. The chief commodity of interest is microcline-perthite that occurs in zones 4 to 10 feet thick; the largest zone is at least 120 feet long and 6 to 8 feet thick. There is some optical-grade quartz. Sainsbury tentatively identified a few grains of cassiterite, but there is no indication of beryllium, columbium, or tantalum minerals. The pegmatite is not radioactive.
Geologic map unit (-134.883098131644, 56.3573145233823)
Mineral deposit model Pegmatite.
Age of mineralization The pegmatite is in a large Tertiary granitic intrusion and is probably the same age.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Probably none beyond surface examination and sampling by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Bureau of Mines.
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates None.

Additional comments

MAS number: 0021160021.



Berrryhill, R.V., 1963, Examination of a pegmatite deposits near Redfish Bay, Baranof Island, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Examination Report 136, 5 p.
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.
Skow, M.L., 1962, Mica, a materials survey: U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 8125, 240 p.
Reporters Donald J. Grybeck (U.S. Geological Survey)
Last report date 2-Jan-05