Houghton Alaska

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001037
MRDS ID A011714
Record type Site
Current site name Houghton Alaska
Related records 10233708

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -142.35636, 61.48579 (WGS84)
Relative position Group of several prospects spread out over a 3/4 mi area. Prospects are on flank of mountain north of Chitistone River, 1.5 mi southwest of Contact Gulch. Includes several prospects within 1/2 mi of location given. Best location: MacKevett and Smith, 1972. Location of prospects accurate within radius of 100 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Malachite Ore


  • (Local) Oxidation of Cu minerals.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 87
USGS model code 23
BC deposit profile D03
Deposit model name Basaltic Cu (BC name is Volcanic redbed Cu)
Mark3 model number 118

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metavolcanic Rock > Mafic Metamorphic Rock > Greenstone
    Rock unit name Nikolai Greenstone
    Rock description Nikolai Greenstone
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Triassic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Triassic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metavolcanic Rock > Mafic Metamorphic Rock > Greenstone

Nearby scientific data

(1) -142.35636, 61.48579

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Secondary Cu-minerals coating fractures along faults cutting Triassic Nikolai Greenstone near contact of overlying Triassic Chititstone Limestone.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Nizina

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Type of workings: surface.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011714
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF MC085

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., and Maddren, A.G., 1909, Mineral resources of the Kotsina-Chitina region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 374, 103 p.

  • Deposit

    Miller, D.J., 1946, Copper deposits of the Nizina district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 947F, p. 93-120.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Smith, J.G., 1972, Geologic map of the McCarthy B-4 quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map GQ-943, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., 1976, Mineral deposits and occurrences in the McCarthy quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-773-B, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Miller, 1946

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Basaltic Cu

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 14-NOV-1997 Leonard, K.R. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 14-NOV-1997 Elliott, R.L. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 14-NOV-1997 Richter, D.H. U.S. Geological Survey