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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000214
MRDS ID A010251
Record type Site
Current site name Ibex

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -130.18287, 56.07588 (WGS84)
Relative position The Ibex prospect is in Section 12 at an elevation of about 3700 feet on the west wall of the valley of upper Ibex Creek (Elliott and Koch, 1981, p. 14, loc. 49).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary

Materials information

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


  • (Local) The quartzite hostrock may reflect silicification of pelitic country rock.

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 Granodiorite
    Rock description Texas Creek Granodiorite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Early Jurassic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Early Jurassic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Argillite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -130.18287, 56.07588

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area of the Ibex prospect are Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite, which underlies and locally intrudes pelitic metasedimentary and subordinate andesitic metavolcanic strata of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton Group; and the Eocene Hyder Quartz Monzonite, which intrudes the Hazelton and Texas Creek rocks (Smith, 1977; Koch, 1996).? the deposit consists of quartz fissure veins in granodiorite and overlying argillite and quartzite within 200 feet of the contact between the Texas Creek and its Hazelton roof. Buddington (1925, p. 88-89) describes a pinch-and-swell vein 15 inches to 2 feet thick of quartz and sulfides in argillite and quartzite cut by granite porphyry and granodiorite. The sulfides are mainly interbanded sphalerite and galena; pyrite, chalcopyrite, and tetrahedrite are also present. Assays of picked specimens reportedly showed high values of Ag, Cu, and Pb. ? Buddington (1926, p. 53-54) also describes a second lode, discovered in 1924. It is 5 inches to 3 feet thick and was traced in outcrop for several hundred feet. This lode consists of galena- and pyrite-bearing quartz stringers in a fissure zone in granodiorite.? Lead-isotope studies of galena from the Ibex prospect (Maas and others, 1995, p. 229-248) indicate that the deposit is Eocene in age, contemporaneous with emplacement of the Hyder Quartz Monzonite.
  • Age = Lead-isotope studies of galena from the Ibex prospect (Maas and others, 1995, p. 229-248) indicate that the deposit is Eocene in age, contemporaneous with emplacement of the Hyder Quartz Monzonite.

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 = A crosscut driven 131 feet to undercut the vein described by Buddington in 1925 did not find the vein and was abandoned (Buddington, 1926, p. 53-54).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010251
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BC049

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., 1926, Mineral investigations in southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 783, p. 41-62.

  • 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

    Maas, K.M., Bittenbender, P E., and Still, J.C., 1995, Mineral investigations in the Ketchikan mining district, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 11-95, 606 p.

  • 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
Deposit Other Comments = the Ibex prospect was originally staked in 1923.

Reporter information

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