|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||VA|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||A-7|
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|Location and accuracy||This prospect is on the southwest flank of the ridge west of the mouth of Shoup Bay; it is at an elevation of about 600 feet below the center of S1/2 section 35, T. 8 S., R. 8 W., of the Copper River Meridian. This prospect is probably located to within one-quarter mile. It is locality 15 of Cobb and Matson (1972) and locality 9 of Winkler and others (1981 [OFR 80-892-B]).|
Geologic descriptionA 4- to 10-foot-thick shear zone with lenticular, shattered mafic dike fragments is cemented with an irregular network of mineralized quartz at the Bluebird prospect (Johnson, 1915). On the Whistler claim, a quartz vein and with fragments of silicified slate contain pyrite and free gold (Brooks, 1912). The shear zone is in metaflysch of the Valdez Group. In the shear zone the quartz is accompanied by calcite, chlorite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, galena, and pyrite (Johnson, 1915); Brooks (1912) reported that gold is present. Two adits, one 10 and one 100 feet long, and a short drift explored the Bluebird prospect by 1914; total underground workings were more than 125 feet long. These deposits are probably similar to other gold-bearing quartz veins cutting metaflysch of the Valdez Group 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||(-146.618033120955, 61.1254757398054)|
|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).|
|Workings or exploration||Two adits, one 10 and one 100 feet long, and a short drift explored the Bluebird prospect by 1914; the total underground workings were more than 125 feet long (Johnson, 1915).|
|Indication of production||Undetermined|
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.
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.
Johnson, B.L., 1915, Mining on Prince William Sound: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 622-E, p. 131-139.
Winkler, G.R., Miller, R.J., MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1981, Map and summary table describing mineral deposits in the Valdez quadrangle, southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-892-B, 2 sheets, scale l:250,000.
|Reporters||Travis L. Hudson|
|Last report date||12/14/2001|