Unnamed (west of Kanatak Lagoon)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Fe

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale UG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-1
Latitude 57.5
Longitude -156.2
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is located west of Kanatak Lagoon and south of Ruth Lake in sec. 6, T. 31 S., R. 42 W., of the Seward Meridian (MacKevett and Holloway, 1977, locality 5; Church and others, 1989: MF-1539I, locality 4). Location is accurate to within 2 miles.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

At this occurrence a quartz diorite pluton of Pliocene age (Wilson and Shew, 1992) cuts sedimentary rocks of the Jurassic Naknek Formation. Case and others (1988) report large magnetic anomalies associated with the pluton. It has been suggested that the anomalies are due to magnetite-rich segregations in mafic phases of the pluton (MacKevett and Holloway, 1977). Skarn-type mineralization may also account for the anomalies. In the past the area has been staked as lode claims for iron.
Geologic map unit (-156.202080439811, 57.4992834694356)
Age of mineralization Pliocene?

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration In the past this area was staked as lode claims for iron (U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1973).
Indication of production None

Additional comments

This site is located within the Becharof Natural Wildlife Refuge.


MRDS Number 10308455


U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1973, Alaska 1:250,000-scale quadrangle map overlays showing mineral deposit locations, principal minerals, and number and type of claims: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 20-73, 95 overlays (updated in 1986, 1987).
Reporters S.H. Pilcher (Anchorage)
Last report date 2/1/2000