Chichagof Star

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-6
Latitude 57.5934
Longitude -135.9515
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Location and accuracy The Chichagof Star prospect is at an elevation of about 100 feet on an unnamed creek that enters Ford Arm just northeast of Elf Cove. The prospect is about 0.7 mile southeast of the northwest corner of sec. 28, T. 49 S., R. 59 E. It is location P-86 of Bittenbender and others, (1999) and MAS no. 0021140046 (U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 2002). The location is accurate within 0.5 mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Johnson and Karl (1985) map the rocks in the area of this prospect as Cretaceous melange and as the Freeburn assemblage, a collage of kilometer-scale, fault-bounded, lozenge-shaped blocks of Cretaceous and Cretaceous(?) metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks. The rocks are cut by numerous steeply-dipping, mainly northwest-striking faults; these include the extensions of the faults at the Hirst (SI087) and Chichagof (SI093) mines, which control the mineralization there.
Bittenbender and others (1999), citing Still and Weir (1981), describe the prospect as an auriferous quartz vein in graywacke. 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).
Geologic map unit (-135.953313163274, 57.5930360816507)
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

Indication of production Undetermined

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