Unnamed (tributary to Clear Creek)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities U
Other commodities REE
Ore minerals allanite; uraniferous titanium niobate mineral
Gangue minerals hematite; hornblende; magnetite; sphene; topaz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SO
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-1
Latitude 64.906
Longitude -162.344
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is on a small headwater tributary to an unnamed north tributary of Clear Creek. It is at an elevation of about 1,150 feet and 1.7 miles east of peak 2841. These are sample locations 2995 and 2996 of West (1953) and locality 130 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

A heavy-mineral concentrate (concentration ratio 1,550:1) from stream gravels at this locality contained 0.065% equivalent uranium (West, 1953). Minerals identified in the heavy-mineral concentrate included pyrite, hematite, magnetite, zircon, topaz, allanite, sphene, an unidentified U-Ti-Nb mineral, and hornblende. This drainage is within the Darby pluton (Till and others, 1986). Many of the heavy minerals in the concentrates from stream sediments in the area are known accessory minerals in the Darby pluton. The widespread elevated Nb values in stream sediments (Miller and Grybeck, 1973) and in heavy -mineral concentrates (West, 1953) of the Clear Creek-Vulcan Creek area to the north may indicate specific mineralized zones or disseminations in late, felsic phases of the Darby pluton (Miller and Grybeck, 1973). The Darby pluton is a mid-Cretaceous granodiorite and granite that has elevated background levels of uranium and thorium (Miller and others, 1972; Miller and Bunker, 1976; Johnson and others, 1979). This pluton is considered the bedrock source of uranium that was mobilized and deposited in the Death Valley sandstone uranium deposit during the Eocene (Dickinson and others, 1987). K/Ar ages for the Darby pluton are 88.3 +/- 1.5 and 92.8 +/- 2.6 Ma (Berry and others, 1976).
Geologic map unit (-162.346599693446, 64.905294438126)
Mineral deposit model Disseminated uranium- and rare-earth-bearing minerals are probably accessory phases in the Darby pluton.
Age of mineralization The heavy mineral concentrates are from Holocene surficial materials but these have been locally derived from the Darby pluton. The Darby pluton is mid-Cretaceous; K/Ar ages for the Darby pluton are 88.3 +/- 1.5 and 92.8 +/- 2.6 Ma (Berry and others, 1976).

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration There are no known workings; exploration in the region may have included reconnaissance stream sediment sampling and radiometric surveys.
Indication of production None


MRDS Number A012620


Reporters Travis L. Hudson (Applied Geology)
Last report date 8/19/1999