Unnamed (Sixmile Creek Headwaters)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Cu; Pb
Other commodities Bi; Cd; Zn
Ore minerals malachite; sulfides
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale TN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-1
Latitude 65.38386
Longitude -150.38833
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is at an elevation of about 2,000 feet on a ridge at the head of Sixmile Creek. The site is at Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (ADGGS) sample station 96BT274 (Liss and others, 1997), at the southwest corner of section 35, T. 7 N., R. 14 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate within 500 feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The headwaters of Sixmile Creek drain an area underlain by Triassic to Mississippian, Rampart Group gabbro sills intercalated with basaltic flows, diabase, and diverse sedimentary rocks (Reifenstuhl and others, 1997 [RI 97-15a]). The rocks locally are penetratively deformed, regionally metamorphosed to low greenschist grade, fractured, sheared, and altered, and display mylonitic fabric. The Rampart Group rocks are both unconformably overlain by, and in high-angle fault contact with, Tertiary basalt and rhyolite.
A sample (96BT274) of a 3-inch-thick, malachite-stained, quartz-sulfide vein in slightly chloritized greenstone/diabase at the head of Sixmile Creek contained 33.6 parts per million (ppm) silver, 4,637 ppm copper, 4,107 ppm zinc, 11.8 ppm cobalt, and 62.1 ppm bismuth (Liss and others, 1997). There is no record of exploration or mining at this site.
Geologic map unit (-150.390846353591, 65.3833818435724)
Mineral deposit model Quartz-sulfide vein?, polymetallic vein? (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c?).
Mineral deposit model number 22c?
Alteration of deposit Chlorite.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration A sample (96BT274) of a 3-inch-thick, malachite-stained, quartz-sulfide vein in slightly chloritized greenstone/diabase at the head of Sixmile Creek contained 33.6 parts per million (ppm) silver, 4,637 ppm copper, 4,107 ppm zinc, 11.8 ppm cobalt, and 62.1 ppm bismuth (Liss and others, 1997). There is no record of exploration or mining at this site.
Indication of production None

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