Copper King

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000177
MRDS ID A010213
Record type Site
Current site name Copper King
Related records 10209464

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -131.98183, 56.46975 (WGS84)
Relative position The approximate location of the Copper King prospect is in Section 27 about 1.2 miles NNE of Berg Mountain, on the north side of a west tributary to Aaron Creek at an elevation of about 1700 feet (Elliott and Koch, 1981, p. 7, loc. 3). This location is probably accurate to within about a quarter of a mile. ? Also see Additional Comments field, below.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Gold Primary
Copper Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Ore Material = Sulfide minerals

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46

Nearby scientific data

(1) -131.98183, 56.46975

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = There is little reliable information about the Copper King prospect (Cobb, 1978, loc. 1; Elliott and Koch, 1981, loc. 3). ? the country rocks in the general area of the Copper King prospect are Mesozoic or Paleozoic pelitic schist and paragneiss and subordinate amphibolite and marble (Koch, 1996, 1997). Ambiguous early descriptions suggest that the deposit may be a sulfide-bearing vein carrying Cu, Pb, and Zn minerals and some gold and silver. No other geological information about this property has been made public.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Mining district

District name Petersburg

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010213
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BC002

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Chapin, Theodore, 1916, Mining developments in southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 642, p. 73-104.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Bradfield Canal quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-922, 98 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.

  • Deposit

    Koch, R.D., 1997, Metalliferous mineral resource potential in the Bradfield Canal quadrangle, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-271, 57 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Chapin, Theodore, 1918, Mining developments in the Ketchikan and Wrangell mining districts: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662-B, p. 63-75.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Elliott and Koch, 1981

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic vein?
Deposit Other Comments = Early reports describing the Copper King prospect (Chapin, 1916, p. 78; 1918, p. 75) also refer to the Berg claims, a prospect that is described separately in this report (BC003). Parts of some of the early descriptions of the Copper King and Berg prospects may actually refer to a deposit in the Berg Basin area to the west in the adjoining Petersburg quadrangle.?Claim(s) staked in 1906 and restaked in 1951. An adit 300 feet long was reported in 1916 (Chapin, 1916), but the reference may actually be to a prospect in Berg Basin to the west in the Petersburg quadrangle.

Reporter information

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