|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||SM|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||D-4|
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|Location and accuracy||The Mercury prospect is on a northeast-trending bluff overlooking the Kuskokwim River, about 1,600 feet south of the mouth of McCally Creek. The prospect is at an elevation of about 320 feet in the SW1/4 sec. 6, T. 19 N., R. 44 W., of the Seward Meridian. The Mercury prospect is locality 21 of Miller and others (1989). The location is accurate.|
Geologic descriptionThe Mercury 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 not known. The Kuskokwim Group strikes N60W and dips 40 SW in the area of the prospect. Native mercury has been panned in McCally Creek just downslope from the Mercury prospect (Sainsbury and MacKevett, 1965).
|Geologic map unit||(-157.326546091987, 61.7640300603162)|
|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).|
|Workings or exploration||The prospect was systematically trenched prior to 1951 (Cady and others, 1955).|
|Indication of production||None|
Cady, W.M., Wallace, R.E., Hoare, J.M., and Webber, E.J., 1955, The central Kuskokwim region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 268, 132 p.
Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Sleetmute quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-368, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Dillingham, Sleetmute, and Taylor Mountains quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-606, 92 p.
Gray, J.E., Gent, C.A., Snee, L.W., and Wilson, F.H., 1997, Epithermal mercury-antimony and gold-bearing vein lodes of southwest Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral Deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 287-305
Miller, M.L., Belkin, H.E., Blodgett, R.B., Bundtzen, T.K., Cady, J.W., Goldfarb, R.J., Gray, J.E., McGimsey, R.G., and Simpson, S.L., 1989, Pre-field study and mineral resource assessment of the Sleetmute quadrangle, southwestern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 89-363, 115 p., 3 plates, scale 1:250,000.
|Reporters||T.K. Bundtzen (Pacific Rim Geological Consulting, Inc.) and M.L. Miller (U.S. Geological Survey)|
|Last report date||4/30/2003|