Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Copper, Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000277
MRDS ID A010321
Record type Site
Current site name Hydropit

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -132.9188, 56.37363 (WGS84)
Relative position Location known exactly and easily found; deposit exposed in a rock quarry adjacent to a logging road on central Zarembo Island. Site in the SW1/4, section 27, T. 63 S., R. 80 E. Locality 63 of Grybeck, Berg, and Karl (1984).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Bornite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Magnetite Ore
Sphalerite 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 Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Intermediate Volcanic Rock > Andesite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -132.9188, 56.37363

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rock is a Tertiary alkalic granite well exposed in a rock quarry; the intrusive is cut by sperulitic felsic dikes which are in turn cut by andesite dikes (Brew, 1997 [OF 97-156-E]).? the mineralization consists of quartz veinlets and lenses an inch or so thick in an altered shear zone about 4 feet wide that cuts the granite. The quartz vein material contains a few percent of ore minerals including chalcopyrite, bornite, galena, sphalerite, arsenopyrite, and magnetite. On analysis, selected high-grade grab sample show major Pb, Zn, and Cu consistent with the hand-specimen mineralogy, less than 0.005 ppm Au, up to 50 ppm Ag, up to 15 ppm Sn, and up to 3 ppm W. The exposure of the vein is small but could indicate more vein-type mineralization in the area.
  • Age = Tertiary or younger.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Ketchikan

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = None

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • Reserves = None

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Occurrence first found by the USGS in the late 70's in a quarry excavated for road metal. To 1996, no obvious signs or published descriptions of other work at the site.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010321
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF PE061

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Grybeck, D.J., Berg, H.C., and Karl, S.M., 1984, Map and description of the mineral deposits in the Petersburg and eastern Port Alexander quadrangles: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 84-837, 86 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Brew, D.A., 1997, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Petersburg B-3 quadrangle, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-156-E, 21 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Grybeck, Berg, and Karl, 1984

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic vein along shear zone (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-NOV-1998 H.C. Berg U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 01-NOV-1998 D.J. Grybeck U.S. Geological Survey