Merinser Occurrence

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Antimony, Mercury, Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000625
MRDS ID A011238
Record type Site
Current site name Merinser Occurrence
Alternate or previous names Slippery Creek Stibnite Deposit

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -151.20286, 63.18788 (WGS84)
Relative position NEAR THE HEAD OF THE W BRANCH OF SLIPPERY CREEK
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • LOCATION GIVEN IS OF CABIN NEAR THE OCCURRENCE LAND STATUS VALUE CALCULATED 6-94 USING GIS OVERLAY ANALYSIS WITH BLM 1:2,500,000 SCALE OWNERSHIP STATUS MAP (1991).

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Antimony Primary
Mercury Primary
Copper Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore
Mercury Ore
Stibnite Ore
Calcite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Oxidation Products Of Fe & Cu Coat Fracture Planes And Rock Fragments

Analytical data

Result SAMPLE OF ALTERED SEDIMENTARY ROCK SHOWED 1.86% HG, USGS BULL 836, P. 321

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Shale > Black Shale

Nearby scientific data

(1) -151.20286, 63.18788

Geologic structures

Type of structure Local
Structure description Fault Contact Between Sedimentary Rock And Dike

Comments on the geologic information

  • PALEOZOIC SEDIMENTS AND VOLCANICS CUT BY LIGHT COLORED TERTIARY DIKES; ALTERED COUNTRY ROCK NEAR CONTACTS. BK, CK AND GRAY BANDED SHALES AND SILICEOUS BEDS INTERSTRATIFIED WITH LAVA FLOWS.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1921

Mining district

District name Kantishna

Land status

Ownership category National Park

Comments on the workings information

  • SMALL OPEN CUTS

Comments on development

  • AREA WAS PROSPECTED IN THE 1930'S; LATER ABANDONED

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011238

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL 836, P. 313-314, 321-322

  • Deposit

    USBM IC 8252, P. 50, 55

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL 1246, P. 230

  • Deposit

    USGS OFR 77-169A, P. 46 LOC. 38

  • Other Database

    BAG-MF-366-28

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit STIBNITE IN THIN DECOMPOSED BED WITHIN BLACK SHALE UNIT NEAR CONTACT WITH SERPENTENIZED IGNEOUS BODY; ALTERED SEDIMENTARY ROCK IN FAULT CONTACT WITH FELSIC DIKE CONTAINS QUARTZ-CALCITE SEAMS WITH CINNABAR, NATIVE HG, FE AND CU SULFIDES
Deposit DEPOSIT IS SIMILAR TO SLATE CREEK DEPOSIT ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-NOV-1984 Leonard, Kenneth R. (Elliott, R. L.) U.S. Geological Survey
Editor 13-APR-1994 Mosier, Dan U.S. Geological Survey