Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Hg; Sb
Ore minerals cinnabar; stibnite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-4
Latitude 61.76684
Longitude -157.33354
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy The Vermillion prospect is about 0.3 mile west of the mouth of McCally Creek at an elevation about about 450 feet. It is in the NW1/4 sec. 6, T. 19 N., R., 44 W., of the Seward Meridian. The prospect is locality 20 of Miller and others (1989). The location is accurate to within about 100 feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The Vermillion prospect consists of disseminated cinnabar and stibnite in thin quartz veins that intrude a shale-rich section of the Upper Cretaceous, Kuskokwim Group (Cady and others, 1955; Miller and others, 1989). The dimensions and orientation of the deposit are unknown. The Kuskokwim Group strikes N60W and dips 40 SW in the area of the prospect. The Vermillion prospect is geologically and mineralogically similar to the nearby Mercury prospect (SM026). Native mercury has been panned in McCally Creek just downslope from the Vermillion prospect (Sainsbury and MacKevett, 1965).
Geologic map unit (-157.335916572223, 61.7661499481021)
Mineral deposit model Silica-carbonate mercury (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 27c).
Mineral deposit model number 27c
Age of mineralization Undated; the nearby Fairview prospect (ARDF SM019) has a 40Ar/39Ar age of 72.6 Ma (Gray, Gent, and others, 1997).

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The prospect was systematically trenched prior to 1952 (Cady and others, 1955).
Indication of production None


MRDS Number A013441


Reporters T.K. Bundtzen (Pacific Rim Geological Consulting, Inc.) and M.L. Miller (U.S. Geological Survey)
Last report date 4/30/2003