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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000203
MRDS ID A010240
Record type Site
Current site name Keno

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -130.2337, 56.03088 (WGS84)
Relative position The Keno prospect is in Section 27 at an elevation of about 4000 feet on an east-facing mountainside above Ferguson Glacier (Elliott and Koch, p. 13, loc. 39). The location is probably accurate within about a quarter of a mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Gold Primary
Copper Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary
Barium-Barite Secondary

Materials information

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

Mineral occurrence model information

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

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite
    Rock unit name Texas Creek
    Rock description Texas Creek
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -130.2337, 56.03088

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area of the Keno prospect are pelitic metasedimentary and subordinate andesitic metavolcanic strata of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton, Group, which are underlain and locally intruded by the Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite (Smith, 1977; Koch, 1996).? In 1925, Buddington (p. 94) described the deposit as quartz fissure veins 2-4 feet thick that cut granodiorite and contain galena and other sulfides. A specimen, presumably of the best ore, contained 0.6 oz Au and 3 oz Ag per ton, and 48% Pb. ? In 1929, Buddington (p. 108) reported an adit driven along a quartz vein up to 4.5 feet thick in Texas Creek Granodiorite. The vein had been traced on the surface for about 400 feet, and contained oreshoots of solid sulfides as much as 7 inches thick comprising galena, pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and tetrahedrite. The quartz also carries disseminated pyrite and, locally, some barite.

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 = Early workings included a 50-foot adit.? An early assay, presumably of the best ore, showed 0.6 oz Au and 3 oz Ag per ton, and 48% Pb.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010240
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BC039

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Buddington, A.F., 1925, Mineral investigations in southeastern Alasaka: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 773, p. 71-139.

  • Deposit

    Buddington, A.F., 1929, Geology of Hyder and vicinity, southeastern Alaska, with a reconnaissance of Chickamin River: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 807, 124 p.

  • 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

    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 = Buddington, 1929

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic veins

Reporter information

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