Unnamed (south of upper Long Creek)

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Copper, Chromium, Nickel, Platinum

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000734
MRDS ID A011373
Record type Site
Current site name Unnamed (south of upper Long Creek)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -149.69282, 63.17958 (WGS84)
Relative position This prospect is at an elevation of 400 feet south of upper Long Creek. The site is in sec. 17, T. 20 S., R. 11 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within 1 mile. This is loc. 12 of Hawley and others (1969); loc. 35 of Hawley and Clark (1974).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Copper Primary
Chromium Secondary
Nickel Secondary
Platinum Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Chromite Ore
Pyrite Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 15
USGS model code 8a
Deposit model name Podiform chromite (minor)
Mark3 model number none

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Devonian

Nearby scientific data

(1) -149.69282, 63.17958

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area of this prospect consist largely of sheared, Devonian serpentinite that forms lenticular and podiform tectonic blocks as much as several hundred meters in size. The deposit is in serpentinite, and consists of pyrite-rich pods, locally accompanied by chalcopyrite and gold-rich zones. Local high platinum, chrome, and nickel values have also been reported. Samples contain up to 0.3 ppm gold, 1,500 ppm chromium, 3,000 ppm copper, 1,500 ppm nickel, and a trace of platinum (Hawley and others, 1969).
  • Age = The copper and chromium minerals probably were syngenetic with their Devonian ultramafic hostrock, and may have been partly redistributed during serpentinization.
  • Age = Host rock is Devonian.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Valdez Creek

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • Reserves = None of the sulfide bodies appears to be of any significant size.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Surface sampling only. Local high platinum, chrome, and nickel values have also been reported. Samples contain up to 0.3 ppm gold, 1,500 ppm chromium, 3,000 ppm copper, 1,500 ppm nickel, and a trace of platinum (Hawley and others, 1969).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011373
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF HE051

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Hawley, C.C., and Clark, A.L., 1974, Geology and mineral deposits of the upper Chulitna district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 758-B, p. 1-47, 2 sheets, scale 1:12,000 and 1:48,000.

  • Deposit

    Hawley, C.C., Clark, A.L., Herdrick, M.A., and Clark, S.H.B., 1969, Results of geological and geochemical investigations in an area northwest of the Chulitna River, central Alaska Range: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 617, 19 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Hawley and others, 1969

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Podiform chromite (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 8a)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 07-APR-2000 N. Van Wyck Stevens Exploration Management Corporation