|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||VA|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||C-1|
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|Location and accuracy||This prospect is on the east side of upper Copper Creek (Van Alstine and Black, 1946, plate 30); it is at an elevation of about 4,100 feet in the NW1/4 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 included in locality 70 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 'Peacock'.|
Geologic descriptionTriassic Nikolai Greenstone contains small, scattered grains and veinlets of bornite, chalcocite, and pyrite; secondary minerals include azurite and malachite (Van Alstine and Black, 1946, p. 130). The veinlets are as much as one inch thick in a 40-foot-long adit. Brecciated greenstone on the surface above the adit is cemented with calcite, epidote, and bornite. Individual calcite-bornite seams in the breccia are as much as 2 inches thick. 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||(-144.064995339601, 61.6700340964412)|
|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||Calcite and epidote veining and breccia-filling in greenstone.|
|Workings or exploration||This prospect was explored with an adit that was caved 40 feet from the portal in 1943 (Van Alstine and Black, 1946).|
|Indication of production||None|
Additional commentsThis prospect is within the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Cobb, E.H., 1979, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Valdez quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 79-1241, 167 p.
Cobb, E.H., and Matson, N.A., Jr., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Valdez quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-438, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
MacKevett, E.M., Jr., Cox, D.P., Potter, R.W., III, and Silberman, M.L., 1997, Kennecott-type deposits in the Wrangell Mountains, Alaska--High-grade copper ores near a basalt-limestone contact, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 66-89.
Van Alstine, R.E., and Black, R.F., 1946, Copper deposits of the Kotsina-Kuskulana district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 947-G, p. 121-141.
|Reporters||Travis L. Hudson|
|Last report date||12/14/2001|