Fish River

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Hg; Pb
Ore minerals cinnabar

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SO
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-3
Latitude 64.845
Longitude -163.339
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy This mine (?) is apparently located about one mile east of a point where Fish River enters onto the lowlands of the lower Niukluk River valley . It is on the western nose of an east-west ridge at about 400 feet elevation. It is locality 23 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181) and locality 71 of Gamble (1988).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Mertie (1918) reports that a lead-silver lode is located near here and Gamble (1988) plots its location on the basis of recorded mining claims. Cinnabar is reported to be present and a few flasks of mercury were annually produced for a few years up to 1916 (Mertie, 1918). Bedrock in the area is schistose Ordovician chlorite marble (Till and others, 1986). There is no other information about the deposit.
Geologic map unit (-163.341610691102, 64.8442767428909)
Mineral deposit model Lead, silver, and mercury-bearing vein or replacement in schistose marble?

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Some small scale workings are probably present but they have not been described.
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Mertie (1918) reports that a few flasks of mercury were annually produced for a few years up to at least 1916.

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