Honks

Prospect, Active

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities As; Sb; U
Ore minerals arsenopyrite; gold
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale TC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-1
Latitude 63.0731
Longitude -141.008
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Location and accuracy Honks is a prospect located a quarter mile southwest of Monument 150 in the northwest corner of section 23, T. 15 N., R. 23 E., of the Copper River Meridian. This location is accurate to within 500 feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The Honks prospect is part of Blue Moose Exploration, Inc. (BME) project located in the Moosehorn Range on the Alaska-Yukon border. The Moosehorn Range is located in the Tintina Gold Belt, in the Dawson Range Batholith of the Yukon-Tanana Terrane (Joyce, 2002). The BME project geology consists of regional gneiss and schist intruded by a Mid-Cretaceous granodiorite and a quartz-rich mineralized porphyry. The area is unglaciated, and Moosehorn Range outcrop exposures are limited (Handverger, 2015).
This prospect is characterized by gold-arsenopyrite-quartz veins with anomalous elevated values of gold, arsenic, anitmony, and uranium. Secondary indicator elements are copper, lead, and bismuth (Handverger, 2015).
In 2010, Millrock Resources Inc. collected rock samples from 1,060 feet of trenches in this area with these gold values: 45 feet of 0.221 part per million (ppm), 15 feet of 0.378 ppm, and 70 feet of 0.230 ppm and within the latter, 10 feet of 0.481 ppm. Anomalous arsenic values are associated with the higher levels of gold (Handverger and Gibler, 2014).
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Mineral deposit model Polymetallic veins? (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c).
Mineral deposit model number 22c?
Age of mineralization Mineralization at Honks is likely a similar age as gold vein mineralization on the Yukon side of the Moosehorn Range which has been dated between 93 and 88 million years old, and the age of the Moosehorn intrusive is 96 to 99 million years, dated using K/Ar, Ar/Ar, and U/Pb methods (Joyce, 2002).

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration
The initial discovery of gold in the Moosehorn Range occurred in 1970 during a Quintana Minerals Corp. porphyry copper exploration program. The first placer gold claims were staked shortly after, and the Moosehorn Range has been the site of placer operations since then. The placer and limited hard rock mining production in the Moosehorn Range exceeds 100,000 ounces of gold (Handverger, 2015).
In 1975, Great Bear Mining Ltd. conducted the first significant gold exploration project in the Canadian portion of the Moosehorn Range. In 1990, Canada Tungsten conducted a placer gold exploration program on the Alaskan side of the border. Blue Moose Exploration, Inc. (BME) first staked claims on the Alaska side of the mountain range in 1993 (Handverger, 2015).
In 2010, Millrock Resources Inc. collected rock samples from 1,060 feet of trenches in this area with these gold values: 45 feet of 0.221 part per million (ppm), 15 feet of 0.378 ppm, and 70 feet of 0.230 ppm and within the latter, 10 feet of 0.481 ppm. Anomalous arsenic values are associated with the higher levels of gold (Handverger and Gibler, 2014).
Indication of production None

Additional comments

Exploration for placer gold has occured downstream of the Honks prospect on Honks Creek. In 1990, Canada Tungsten conducted a placer gold exploration drill hole program consisting of twenty-nine 3.5 inch air-trac holes in six lines on Honks Creek near Blue Moose Exploration, Inc. (BME) claims. Five of the lines intersected pay gravels. The program defined resources of 325,784 cubic yards containing 5,880 ounces gold; this was too small to be of further consideration by Canada Tungsten. In 2010, a small placer operation commenced stripping and sluicing the Honks Creek gravels (Handverger, 2015).

References

References

Reporters V.C. Zinno (Alaska Earth Sciences, Inc.); N.V. King (Alaska Earth Sciences, Inc.)
Last report date 3/15/2016