Moller Spit

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Fe; Ti
Other commodities Au
Ore minerals ilmenite; magnetite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale PM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-2
Latitude 55.94
Longitude -160.55
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Location and accuracy This site represents approximately 5 miles of sampled beach placer deposits on the Alaska Peninsula on the east coast of Port Moller. The sampling extended northeast from Harbor Point to sec. 33, T. 48 S., R. 72 W., of the Seward Meridian (Cobb, 1972 [MF433], locality 8; Cobb, 1973 [B 1374], locality 3; MacKevett and Holloway, 1977, locality 8; Wilson and others, 1988, locality 8). The sampling extended onto the Chignik A-8 map sheet (see Pilcher, 2000, loc. CG004). The map site is the approximate midpoint of the section of beach sampled, at the west boundary of sec. 15, T. 49 S., R. 73 W., of the Seward Meridian.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This occurrence consists of beach placer deposits of ilmenite and titaniferous magnetite in a sand spit that is partly moraine. Seven shovel samples were collected over this 5-mile section of beach (Berryhill, 1963). In the magnetic fraction, iron content ranged from 1.1 to 191.4 pounds per cubic yard and the titanium oxide content ranged from 0.3 to 42.4 pounds per cubic yard. In the non-magnetic fraction, titanium oxide ranged to 10.2 pounds per cubic yard (two samples only).
Geologic map unit (-160.552037932187, 55.9391797692418)
Mineral deposit model Shoreline placer Ti (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39c)
Mineral deposit model number 39c
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Indication of production None

Additional comments

This site is located on land owned by the state.