Mountain Sheep

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Ore minerals azurite; bornite; chalcopyrite; limonite; malachite; pyrite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale VA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-1
Latitude 61.6666
Longitude -144.0573
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Location and accuracy This prospect is located near the crest of the divide between upper Copper Creek and Middle Fork Copper Creek (Van Alstine and Black, 1946, plate 30). It is at an elevation of 5,000 feet in the NE1/4 section 25, T. 2 S., R. 7 E., of the Copper River Meridian. This prospect is approximately located, perhaps to within one-quarter mile. It is locality 71 of Cobb and Matson (1972) and locality 57 of Winkler and others (1981 [OFR 80-892-B]). Cobb (1979 [OFR 79-1241]) includes this prospect under the name Mountain Sheep.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The Mountain Sheep prospect is in Triassic Nikolai Greenstone about 60 feet below its contact with the overlying Triassic Chitistone Limestone (Van Alstine and Black, 1946, p. 130). Disseminated pyrite, bornite, and a little chalcopyrite occur in shattered greenstone. About 1 percent bornite occurs in fractured zones as much as one inch thick. Limonite, malachite, and some azurite locally stain the greenstone. The copper mineralization is believed to be related to the regional mineralizing event that produced the rich Kennecott copper deposits in the McCarthy quadrangle (MacKevett and others, 1997).
Geologic map unit (-144.059395077313, 61.6661340811844)
Mineral deposit model Vein and fracture fillings in greenstone; probably related to Kennecott-type copper deposits (MacKevett and others, 1997)
Age of mineralization The copper mineralization is believed to be related to the mineralizing event that produced the rich Kennecott copper deposits in the McCarthy quadrangle to the east (MacKevett and others, 1997). This event is interpreted to have accompanied Late Jurassic or Early Cretaceous deformation and metamorphism (MacKevett and others 1997, p. 88).
Alteration of deposit Oxidation.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The prospect was explored before 1923 by small open cuts and a 20-foot adit driven before 1923.
Indication of production None

Additional comments

This prospect is within the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

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