|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||TC|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||A-6|
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|Location and accuracy||The Ewe prospect is about 7.7 miles west-northwest of the junction of the Tok and Dry Tok Rivers. It is about 1.3 miles south of VABM 7302 'White', near the center of section 20, T. 16 N., R. 8 E. The location is accurate.|
The rocks in the area are part of the Tok Schist and consists mainly of quartz-muscovite schist with a thick layer of quartz-chlorite schist (Rhyolite Resources Inc., 2012 [February 18]). The Tok Schist is cut by several steep to vertical faults, one of which control the trend of the mineralization at the nearby Shalosky prospect (TC042). To the north across a north-dipping thrust fault, the rocks are a folded sequence of argillaceous sediments, felsic-sulphidic schist, chlorite schist, feldspar-quartz schist, banded sedimentary rocks, and gabbro. The age of the rocks is uncertain; Foster (1970) only indicates that they are Paleozoic or Mesozoic.
The mineralization in the area is sediment hosted and controlled by structure; it is associated with zones of silicification and quartz-vein stockwork (Rhyolite Resources Inc., 2012 [February 23]). (Unstated) sulfides vary from 1 to more than 20 percent of the mineralization. There is a strong geochemical association of the gold with arsenic and antimony; copper, lead, zinc, bismuth, tellurium, and silver are low.
From 1998 through 2001, Grayd Resources and Placer Dome Inc. explored the area (Rhyolite Resources Inc., 2012 [February 18]; 2012 [February 23]). They collected many rock and geochemical samples, trenched, and drilled 12 holes in the area totaling 1,174 meters but the data are not publicly available. It is likely they examined and sampled the Ewe prospect and they may have discovered it.In 2009, Rhyolite Resources acquired a large block of claims that covered the prospect and they show the Ewe as a distinct prospect. Through 2011, Rhyolite had not drilled the deposit but it is likely that they examined if not sampled the prospect. They note that a (rock?) sample contained 12.3 grams of gold per tonne but give no other information on the prospect. The Ewe prospect is probably similar to several other gold projects in the area, the best known of which the nearby Shalosky prospect (TC042).
|Geologic map unit||(-143.940840069104, 63.1509243991681)|
|Mineral deposit model||Gold-quartz in veins and brecciated zones; lower grade disseminated mineralization. (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c?).|
|Mineral deposit model number||22c?|
|Age of mineralization||Unknown other than that it is younger than the Paleozoic or Mesozoic host rocks.|
|Alteration of deposit||Not noted.|
|Workings or exploration||From 1998 through 2001, Grayd Resources and Placer Dome Inc. explored the area (Rhyolite Resources Inc., 2012 [February 18]; 2012 [February 23]). They collected many rock and geochemical samples, trenched, and drilled 12 holes in the area totaling 1,174 meters but the data are not publicly available. It is likely they examined and sampled the Ewe prospect and they may have discovered it. The prospect has not been drilled.|
|Indication of production||None|
Foster, H.L., 1970, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Tanacross quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Geological Investigations Map I-593, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Rhyolite Resources Ltd. 2012, (Corporate Presentation): http://www.rhyoliteresources.com/in/pdf/CorporatePresentation.pdf (as of February 18, 2012).
Rhyolite Resources Ltd., 2012, Projects overview: http://www.rhyoliteresources.com/s/Projects.asp (as of February 23, 2012).
|Reporters||D.J. Grybeck (Contractor, USGS)|
|Last report date||4/1/2012|