Big Horn

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001066
MRDS ID A011747
Record type Site
Current site name Big Horn
Alternate or previous names Finch
Related records 10161067

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -143.61363, 61.6566 (WGS84)
Relative position 2,000 ft north of Kuskulana Glacier, 4 mi up-glacier from toe, where glacier flows westward. Best location: MacKevett, 1976, loc. 157. Accurate within radius of 1,000 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Bornite Ore
Chalcocite Ore
Malachite Ore

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) -143.61363, 61.6566

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Bornite-, chalcocite-, and malachite-bearing veins and pods in strongly faulted Triassic Nikolai Greenstone.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Chistochina

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Type of workings: surface and underground. Several adits and widespread surficial workings.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011747
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF MC068

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., and Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1923, The Kotsina-Kuskulana district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 745, 149 p.

  • Deposit

    Van Alstine, R.E., and Black, R.F., 1946, Copper deposits of the Kotsina-Kuskulana district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 947-G, p. 121-141.

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., and Cobb, E.H., 1967, Metalliferous Lode Deposits of Alaska. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1246, 254 p.

  • 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.

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., 1918, Mining in the lower Copper River basin: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662-C, p. 155-182.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Moffit and Mertie, 1923

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Basaltic Cu

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 18-SEP-1997 Leonard, K.R. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 18-SEP-1997 Elliott, R.L. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 18-SEP-1997 Richter, D.H. U.S. Geological Survey