Telluride

Prospect, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals arsenopyrite; chalcopyrite; galena; gold; pyrite; sphalerite
Gangue minerals carbonate minerals; chlorite; quartz; white mica

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale VA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-4
Latitude 61.3677
Longitude -145.4396
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy This prospect is on the east side of a souht tributary to Hurtle Creek; it is 1.7 miles southwest of elevation about 5,640 at an elevation of 4,000 feet in the NE1/4 section 8, T. 6 S., R. 1 W., of the Copper River Meridian. This prospect is probably located to within 1 mile. It is locality 48 of Cobb and Matson (1972) and included in locality 40 of Winkler and others (1981 [OFR 80-892-B]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Nine lode claims were staked near Tertiary felsic dikes on narrow, gold-bearing quartz veins in metaflysch of the Valdez Group (Moffit, 1918; Winkler and others, 1981 [OFR 80-892-B]). The quartz veins contain arsenopyrite, gold, galena, chalcopyrite, and sphalerite. These veins are probably similar to others that are widespread in the southern Valdez quadrangle. Data summarized by Goldfarb and others (1997) show that gold-bearing quartz veins in the Valdez Group commonly contain pyrite, arsenopyrite, carbonate minerals, chlorite, and white mica and formed from water-rich fluids with 5 to 15 mole percent CO2 and significant amounts of CH4, N2, and H2S. The vein-forming fluid salinities were less than 8 percent, vein formation temperatures ranged from 225 to 375 degrees centigrade, and emplacement depths varied from 3 to 10 kilometers. The vein-forming fluids were produced by metamorphic devolatilization reactions. Radiometric dating indicates that the veins formed from 57 to 49 Ma (Goldfarb and others, 1997, p. 171) when deep parts of the accreted Valdez Group flysch underwent high-grade metamorphism and partial melting (Hudson, 1994).
Geologic map unit (-145.441687176875, 61.3671958402782)
Mineral deposit model Low-sulfide Au-quartz veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a)
Mineral deposit model number 36a
Age of mineralization Radiometric dating indicates that the gold-bearing quartz veins in the Valdez Group formed from 57 to 49 Ma (Goldfarb and others, 1997, p. 171) when deep parts of the accreted Valdez Group flysch underwent high-grade metamorphism and partial melting (Hudson, 1994).
Alteration of deposit Country rocks to gold-bearing quartz veins in Valdez Group metaflysch can be variably silicified, carbonitized, and sericitized (Goldfarb and others, 1997).

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Some development took place in 1916 (Moffit, 1918).
Indication of production None

References

MRDS Number A011490

References

Goldfarb, R.J., Miller, L.D., Leach, D.L., and Snee, L.W, 1997, Gold deposits in metamorphic rocks in Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral Deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 151-190.
Hudson, T.L., 1994, Crustal melting events in Alaska, in Plafker, G., and Berg, H. C., eds., The Geology of Alaska: Geological Society of America, DNAG, The Geology of North America, Vol. G-1, p. 657-670.
Reporters Travis L. Hudson
Last report date 12/14/2001