|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||SR|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||D-7|
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|Location and accuracy||The prospect is located in the SW1/4 section 1, T. 8 N., R. 2 W., of the Seward Meridian. It is situated 500 to 1,500 feet west of the Palmer Creek road, at an elevation of 2,050 to 3,050 feet. It is mislocated on the Seward D-7 topographic map. This is location 10 of Cobb and Richter (1972), location 9 of MacKevett and Holloway (1977), location 21 of Cobb and Tysdal (1980), and location S-293 of Jansons and others (1984). The location is accurate to within 300 feet.|
Geologic descriptionThe deposit at the prospect consists of two principal quartz veins and some small seams of quartz. The veins are in massive graywacke of the Valdez Group of Late Cretaceous age that is cut by several thrust faults (Tuck, 1933; Nelson and others, 1985). The thrust faults are located about 40 feet from the portal at the 2,700-foot level, trend N20E, and dip 15-30W. The faults contain from 2 to 8 inches of gouge in which there are small seams of quartz that carry visible gold. The vein that has received the most attention is at an elevation of 2,700 feet. It ranges from 6 to 12 inches wide, strikes generally east-west, and dips almost vertically. The other vein is 2 to 12 inches wide, horizontal, and intersects the first vein at the 2,700-adit level. Both veins have very tight walls and appear to be localized by originally small fractures along which quartz-bearing solutions replaced the country rock. The replacement is irregular; in places the veins lose their planar form, and the quartz occurs in irregular masses (Tuck, 1933). Both veins carry small amounts of chalcopyrite, pyrite, and gold.
|Geologic map unit||(-149.558863386021, 60.8093276609431)|
|Mineral deposit model||Low-sulfide Au-quartz veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a)|
|Mineral deposit model number||36a|
|Age of mineralization||Cretaceous or younger; the veins cut rocks of the Valdez Group of Late Cretaceous age.|
|Workings or exploration||
Tuck (1933) reported one 130-foot adit at an elevation of 2,700 feet. The U.S. Bureau of Mines reported three adits, at elevations of 2,050, 2,700, and 3,050 feet (Jansons and others, 1984). The lower level is caved at the portal, the middle level is reported to be 300 feet long and is caved 75 feet from the portal, and the upper level is accessible and 130 feet long. There are several prospect pits nearby.The U.S. Bureau of Mines examined the prospect in 1980 and collected two grab samples and four chip samples. The grab samples assayed trace amounts of gold and a trace to 0.01 ounce of silver per ton. Four chip samples from the 130-foot-long adit assayed from nil to 0.73 ounce of gold per ton and nil to 0.3 ounce of silver per ton (Jansons and other, 1984).
|Indication of production||None|
|Reserve estimates||The U.S. Bureau of Mines estimated 350 tons at 0.1 ounce of gold per ton (Jansons and others, 1984).|
|Production notes||An unpublished report of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, date unknown, referenced in Hoekzema and Sherman (1983) reported 347 ounces of gold, but Jansons and others (1984) indicated no production. It is likely that the published report is the accurate one.|
Berg, H.C., and Cobb, E.H., 1967, Metalliferous lode deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1246, 254 p.
Cobb, E.H., and Richter, D.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Seward quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-466, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.
Cobb, E.H., and Tysdal, R.G., 1980, Summaries of data on and list of references to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral deposits in the Blying Sound and Seward quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-621, 276 p.
Hoekzema, R.P., and Sherman, G.E., 1983, Mineral investigations in the Chugach National Forest, Alaska (Peninsula study area): U.S. Bureau of Mines in-house report; held at U.S. Bureau of Land Management Alaska State Office, Anchorage, 524 p.
Jansons, Uldis, Hoekzema, R.B., Kurtak, J.M., and Fechner, S.A., 1984, Mineral occurrences in the Chugach National Forest, southcentral Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Mineral Land Assessment 5-84, 218 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.
MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous and selected non-metalliferous mineral deposits in the eastern part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-A, 99 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.
Mitchell, P.A., 1979, Geology of the Hope-Sunrise (gold) mining district, north-central Kenai Peninsula, Alaska: Stanford University Master of Science thesis, 123 p.
Nelson, S.W., Dumoulin, J. A., and Miller, M.L., 1985, Geologic map of the Chugach National Forest, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1645-B, 16 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Roehm, J.C., 1937, Preliminary report of Oracle Mine, Summit Creek, Moose Pass-Hope District, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Property Examination 95-9, 6 p.
Tuck, Ralph, 1933, The Moose Pass-Hope district, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 849-I, p. 469-530.
|Reporters||Jeff A. Huber (Anchorage)|
|Last report date||2/19/2000|