Red Head #1

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Iron, Titanium

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000369
MRDS ID A010436
Record type Site
Current site name Red Head #1

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -146.46252, 60.67959 (WGS84)
Relative position This beach placer site represents about two miles of the shore of outer Port Gravina between Red Head and Hell's Hole. The map site is about at the mid-point of the beach placer. It is in the E1/2 sec. 4, T. 13 S., R. 8 W., of the Copper River Meridian. The site is accurately located to within 2000 ft. This location as site P-18 in Jansons and others (1984).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Iron Secondary
Titanium Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Gangue = Beach sand

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Garnet Ore
Ilmenite Ore
Magnetite Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 119
USGS model code 39a
BC deposit profile C01. C02
Deposit model name Placer Au-PGE
Mark3 model number 54

Nearby scientific data

(1) -146.46252, 60.67959

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This prospect consists of heavy minerals, including gold, in wave-formed beach placer deposits. Zones of heavy-mineral concentration in the sand can reach three feet thick. One such one-foot-thick zone overlying pebbles of felsic intrusive rock, greenstone, graywacke and slate was sampled and contained over 10% garnet (Jansons and others, 1984). Two 0.1 cubic-yard samples of the beach sand contained <0.03 ppm to 0.0002 oz. Au/ton.
  • Age = Holocene.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Copper River

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Not more than 500 oz. Au produced (Cobb, 1979: OF 79-973).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface workings. Heavy-mineral concentration zones contained over 10% garnet. Two 0.1 cubic-yard samples of the beach sand contained <0.03 ppm to 0.0002 oz. Au/ton (Jansons and others, 1984).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010436
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CV031

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Jansons, Uldis, Hoekzema, R.B., Kurtak, J.M., and Fechner, S.A., 1984, Mineral occurrences in the Chugach National Forest, Southcentral Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 5-84, 218 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1979, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Cordova quadragle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report OF 79-973, 73 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Jansons and others, 1984

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Beach placer (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Deposit Other Comments = Site is in the Chugach National Forest.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-JUN-00 S.W. Nelson U.S. Geological Survey