Unnamed (in upper Windham Bay)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Fe
Ore minerals magnetite

Geographic location

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Latitude 57.58515
Longitude -133.37887
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Location and accuracy This site is located in about the middle of a ultramafic pluton about 2-square-miles in area that outcrops on both sides of the east half of the east basin of Windham Bay. The center of the body is near the northeast corner of section 33, T. 49 S., R. 75 E.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This site is a Cretaceous, Alaska-type or zoned ultramafic body that is exposed along the shoreline of upper Windham Bay (Kimble and others, 1984; Brew and Grybeck, 1984). The body is distinctly magnetic and much of it is a magnetite-rich hornblende pyroxenite. A 320-foot chip sample of the magnetite pyroxenite on the north side of Windham Bay contained 13.2 percent iron. This is lower than other similar bodies in southeastern Alaska and the body is not a viable iron resource under any reasonable economic conditions. Samples did not contain significant copper or nickel.
Geologic map unit (-133.380579195028, 57.5848079906503)
Age of mineralization This Alaska-type ultramafic body is Cretaceous in age.

Production and reserves

Indication of production None

Additional comments

The occurrence is in the Chuck River Wilderness Area which is closed to mineral exploration and mining.