Unnamed (northeast of Solsmunket Lake)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities W
Other commodities REE; Th; U
Ore minerals thorite; uranothorianite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SH
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-1
Latitude 66.11
Longitude -156.02
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is at an elevation of about 2,000 feet, in the saddle of a ridge 3 miles northeast of Solsmunket Lake. The map site is in section 12, T. 8 N., R. 13E., of the Kateel River Meridian. Cobb (1972, MF-448), location 12.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This occurrence consists of a tungsten-bearing quartz vein, and of radioactive minerals, in monzonite (Miller and Ferrians, 1968). The quartz vein is 1 to 3 feet wide. It assayed 7,000 ppm W, but no tungsten mineral was noted. Samples of monzonite from the border facies of the Cretaceous Zane Hills pluton, which is mainly granodiorite, contained 14 to 33 ppm U and 75 to 199 ppm Th. The radioactivity apparently is mainly in uranothorianite, thorite, betafite, allanite, zircon and sphene.
Geologic map unit (-156.022646040186, 66.1094343299285)
Mineral deposit model Tungsten-bearing quartz vein and disseminated radioactive minerals in monzonite.
Age of mineralization Cretaceous.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Site visited and sampled by U.S. Geological Survey (Miller and Ferrians, 1968).
Indication of production None


MRDS Number A015600


Reporters Anita Williams (Anchorage, AK)
Last report date 12/16/1999