Unnamed (on the west side of Tarr Inlet)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Cu; Pb; Zn
Other commodities Au
Ore minerals arsenopyrite; chalcopyrite; pyrite; sphalerite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SK
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-6
Latitude 59.01
Longitude -137.01
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is in the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on the west side of Tarr Inlet about 4.5 miles southeast of the Canadian border. It is on a knob, informally known as 'Tarr Inlet Knob', that reaches a height of about 600 feet. It is shown as number 6 on figure C-2 and in figure C-39 of Brew and others (1978) and as location 17 on Plate 1 of MacKevett and others (1971). A less accurate location of this occurrence, which places it about 3/4 mile farther to the northwest, is shown as number 2 by Cobb (1972 [MF-424]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The following description is summarized from Brew and others, 1978. Mineralization is found along altered fault and shear zones in quartz monzodiorite that makes up the Tarr Inlet Knob. The quartz monzodiorite contains large xenoliths of shale and volcanics. Porphyritic granite, probably in the form of small plugs, occurs at two sites on the knob. The altered and mineralized fault and shear zones are up to 200 feet thick and are often brightly iron-stained. Most of the mineralization occurs along altered fault zones that are oriented N20-30W and N10-30E. The deposit consists of pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, arsenopyrite, and quartz. The prospect is generally similar to the Margerie (SK020) prospect located about 2.5 miles to the west and both may have been mineralized by the same process. Most of the more significant mineralization has been found on the east side of the Tarr Inlet Knob below the 500-foot elevation. Samples of the richer portions of the mineralized zone that vary from 3 feet to 16 feet wide contain up to 3,300 ppm copper, 5,000 ppm zinc, 3,100 ppm lead, 50 ppm silver, and 0.15 ppm gold. A 1/2-foot sample contained 0.48% copper, 4.3% zinc, 100 ppm silver, 1,500 ppm lead, and 0.15 ppm gold.
The Tarr Inlet Knob is in the Geikie province of Brew and others (1978) near its western margin. It is along the Brady Glacier fault zone, the eastern edge of the Tarr Inlet suture zone, which forms the western boundary of the Geike province. Movement along these structures is probably responsible for the fault and shear zones which localize the mineralization at this site. The faulting and mineralization must be younger than the Cretaceous intrusive rocks at Tarr Inlet Knob.
Geologic map unit (-137.011892861524, 59.0095937341257)
Mineral deposit model Mineralized veins and shear zones in a quartz monzodiorite, possibly a porphyry copper occurrence (Cox and Singer, 1986: model 17?).
Mineral deposit model number 17?
Age of mineralization The mineralization must be younger than the Cretaceous age of the host intrusive rocks (Brew and others, 1978).
Alteration of deposit Alteration is mentioned but not described in Brew and others (1978).

Production and reserves

Indication of production None
Reserve estimates Brew and others (1978) judged the mineralized zones to be too small and too low-grade to be economic.

Additional comments

The deposit is within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve where exploration and development is restricted.


MRDS Number A013115


Wright, F.E. and Wright, C.W., 1937, The Glacier Bay National Monument in southeastern Alaska, its glaciers and geology: U.S. Geological Survey manuscript report, 224 p.
Reporters T.C. Crafford (T. Crafford & Associates, Anchorage)
Last report date 2/4/2001