Hummel Canyon

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Copper, Molybdenum, Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000162
MRDS ID A010198
Record type Site
Current site name Hummel Canyon
Related records 10233797

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -130.2937, 56.04366 (WGS84)
Relative position The Hummel Canyon prospect is at an elevation of about 2500 feet in Section 20 about 0.2 mile northeast of the mouth of Hummel Canyon and 0.4 mile southwest of Disappearing Lake (Berg and others, 1977, p. 92; Elliott and Koch, 1981, p. 12, l0c. 35). This location is probably accurate to within about a quarter of a mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Copper Primary
Molybdenum Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Molybdenite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) Silicification and pyritization, apparently of pelitic country rocks. Local intense iron staining.

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Hornfels

Nearby scientific data

(1) -130.2937, 56.04366

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area of the Hummel Canyon prospect are Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite that underlies and locally intrudes pelitic metasedimentary and andesitic metavolcanic rocks of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton Group (Smith, 1977; Berg and others, 1977, p. 15-18; Koch, 1996). ? the deposit consists of a pyritic silicified zone up to a foot thick , associated with slightly pyritic hornfels wallrock (Berg and others, 1977, p. 92). Samples of the silicified zone and the pyritic wallrock contained negligible amounts of Cu, Pb, Zn, Mo, and Ag.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Hyder

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Prospect was explored by an eleven-foot adit, probably in the 1920's.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010198
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BC035

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Smith, J.G., 1977, Geology of the Ketchikan D-1 and Bradfield Canal A-1 quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1425, 49 p.

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., Elliott, R.L., Smith, J.G., Pittman, T.L., and Kimball, A. L., 1977, Mineral resources of the Granite Fiords wilderness study area, Alaska, with a section on aeromagnetic data by Andrew Griscom: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1403, 151 p.

  • Deposit

    Elliott, R.L., and Koch, R.D., 1981, Mines, prospects, and selected metalliferous mineral occurrences in the Bradfield Canal quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 81-728-B, 23 p., 1 sheet, scales 1:250,000 and 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Koch, R.D., 1996, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Bradfield Canal quadrangle, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 81-728-A, 35 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Berg and others, 1977

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Other Comments = Site is in Misty Fiords National Monument

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 17-MAY-1998 H. C. Berg U.S. Geological Survey