Hodson

Prospect, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SI
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-7
Latitude 57.6785
Longitude -136.1029
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Location and accuracy The Hodson prospect is at an elevation of about 1,000 feet on the north flank of Doolth Mountain, about midway between the claim boundaries of the Hirst-Chichagof (SI087) and Chichagof (SI093) mines. The prospect is 0.1 mile east-southeast of the center of sec. 25, T. 48 S., R. 57 E. It is location P-61 of Bittenbender and others (1999) and MAS no. 0021140310 (U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 2002). The location is accurate.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Johnson and Karl (1985) map the rocks in the area of this prospect as Cretaceous graywacke and argillite interbedded with sparse, lenticular beds of basalt. The rocks are cut by numerous high-angle, mainly northwest-striking faults. They include extensions of the faults at the Hirst (SI087) and Chichagof (SI093) mines, which control the mineralization there and straddle this prospect.
Reed and Coats (1941) describe this prospect as an auriferous quartz vein up to 2 feet thick along a fault that strikes N50W and dips 75SW. Exploration in the late 1930s included several prospect pits over a horizontal distance of about 200 feet, and diamond drilling, the results of which were not made public.
Bittenbender and others (1999), citing Smith (1926), describe the prospect as thin, auriferous quartz veins in graywacke. Samples of the veins contained up to 0.33 ounce of gold per ton. The prospect was explored by a 235-foot adit. There is no record of production, but some gold may have been produced.
Isotopic studies indicate that the gold-quartz veins in coastal southern and southeastern Alaska are Eocene, about 50 Ma in age (Haeussler, 1995; Goldfarb, 1997; Goldfarb and others, 1997). ARDF record SI087 provides an overview of the geology of auriferous quartz veins in the Chichagof Mining District.
Geologic map unit (-136.104726081136, 57.678127724511)
Mineral deposit model Low-sulfide gold-quartz vein (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a).
Mineral deposit model number 36a
Age of mineralization Isotopic studies indicate that the gold-quartz veins in coastal southern and southeastern Alaska are Eocene, about 50 Ma in age (Haeussler and others, 1995; Goldfarb, 1997; Goldfarb and others, 1997).

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Reed and Coats (1941) report that exploration in the late 1930s included several prospect pits over a horizontal distance of about 200 feet, and diamond drilling, the results of which were not made public. Bittenbender and others (1999) report a 235-foot adit.
Indication of production Undetermined
Production notes There is no record of production, but the extent of the workings suggests that some gold may have been produced.

Additional comments

The prospect is in West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness.

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.
Goldfarb, R J., 1997, Metallogenic evolution of Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral Deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 4-34.
Goldfarb, R.J., Miller, L.D., Leach, D.L., and Snee, L.W, 1997, Gold deposits in metamorphic rocks in Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral Deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 151-190.
Haeussler, P J., Bradley, D., Goldfarb, R., Snee, L., and Taylor, C., 1995, Link between ridge subduction and gold mineralization in southern Alaska: Geology, v. 23, no. 11, p. 995-998.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 2002, Alaska mineral locations database report (Sitka quadrangle), July 2, 2002, 205 p. [http://imcg.wr.usgs.gov/dem.html]
Reporters H.C. Berg (U.S. Geological Survey)
Last report date 10/16/2004