Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Gold, Copper, Lead

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001145
MRDS ID A011838
Record type Site
Current site name Indian
Alternate or previous names Blue Ridge
Related records 10112376

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -144.22264, 62.81968 (WGS84)
Relative position The Indian or Blue Ridge prospect is about one mile northwest of the west end of Long Lake at an elevation of about 5,100 feet. The coordinates are the site of a vein exposed on the ridge; it is at the center of a mineralized area which is mainly in the SE1/4, section 14, T. 12 N., R. 6 E., Copper River Meridian. The prospect is at locality 5 of Richter and Matson (1972), and locality 5 of MacKevett and Holloway (1977).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Gold Primary
Copper Primary
Lead Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Azurite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Malachite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Tetrahedrite Ore
Calcite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 53
USGS model code 17
Deposit model name Porphyry Cu
Mark3 model number 4

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Quartz Monzonite
    Rock unit name Ahtell Pluton
    Rock description Ahtell Pluton
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Permian
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Permian
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Quartz Monzonite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -144.22264, 62.81968

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Indian prospect is mainly in relatively coarse and dark-colored, quartz monzonite of the Pennsylvanian to Permian, Ahtell pluton. It lies within a few hundred feet of its contact with Pennsylvanian to Permian, Tetelna volcanic rocks which are exposed to the south. The contact between the two units is a fault which strikes northwest. The fault zone is filled with a barren quartz vein that can be followed for more than 1,000 feet (Richter, 1966, p. 30; Thorne, 1946, fig. 2).? the area was first described by Moffit (1932) who visited the area in 1929. The prospect was restaked by Carl Witham and was examined by Thorne of the U. S. Bureau of Mines (Thorne, 1946) in company with Witham. Thorne made a sketch map of the property. Their map (figure 2) is the best available for the property.? In addition to the barren quartz vein, Thorne found five other veins. Thorne (1946, table 1) collected three samples from an east-west striking vein on the Blue Ridge No. 2 claim. This vein is exposed in pits on the west side of the ridge and about 150 feet north of the fault contact of the Ahtell pluton and Tetelna volcanics. Sample 1 from a 2-foot-thick vein that contains galena, chalcopyrite, tetrahedrite, and secondary azurite and malachite in quartz-calcite gangue, assayed 0.01 ounce of gold per ton, 11.44 ounces of silver per ton, 4.18 percent lead, and 1.44 percent copper. Thorne's sample 2 was low grade, partly because of dilution with barren soil. Sample 3 of a 1-foot vein contained 5.16 ounces of silver per ton, 6.81 percent lead, and some copper. The veins are crustified and the sulfides fill open spaces in the crystalline quartz.? A narrow vein exposed about 4000 feet to the east of the barren quartz vein on the Blue Ridge No. 5 claim contained 0.04 ounce of gold per ton, 15.56 ounces of silver per ton, and 19.92 percent lead. Another vein exposed on the ridge on the end line between the Blue Ridge Nos. 5 and 1 claims contains 5.24 percent lead and small amounts of gold and silver.? the area was visited later by Richter (1966) but the trenches excavated by Witham and Thorne were caved. One vein that remained exposed was 5 feet thick, has a strike of N84W and dips 86 degrees south. It is mainly massive quartz with some galena and copper-staining. Wedow and others (1953) and Nelson, West, and Matzko (1954) found no appreciable uranium in the veins.
  • Age = Emplaced subseqent to or is related to the border phase of the Pennsylvanian to Permian, Ahtell pluton.

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 = The area was active when visited by Moffit in 1929 (Moffit, 1932). The prospect was again active late in World War II when it was examined by Thorne (1946) with the then-current owner, Carl Witham. The only workings are hand-dug open cuts.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011838
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF GU026

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., 1932, The Slana District, upper Copper River region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 824, p. 111-124.

  • Deposit

    Thorne, R.L., 1946, Exploration of argentiferous lead-copper deposits of the Slana district, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Report of Investigations 3940, 9 p.

  • Deposit

    Wedow, Helmuth, Jr., 1953, Preliminary summary of reconnaissance for uranium and thorium in Alaska, 1952: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 248, 15 p.

  • Deposit

    Nelson, A.E., West, W.S., and Matsko, J.J., 1954, Reconnaissance for radioactive deposits in eastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 348, 21 p.

  • Deposit

    Richter, D.H., 1966, Geology of the Slana district on south-central Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Geological Report 2l, 36b p., 3 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1979, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Gulkana quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 79-1247, 36 p.

  • Deposit

    Richter, D.H., and Matson, N.A., Jr., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Gulkana quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-419, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous and selected non-metalliferous mineral deposits in the eastern part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-A, 99 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Thorne, 1946; Richter, 1966

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic vein(?) (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 17)
Deposit Other Comments = Additional information can be obtained from Ahtna Minerals in Anchorage, Alaska.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 30-NOV-00 W.T. Ellis Alaska Earth Sciences
Reporter 30-NOV-00 Hawley, C.C. Hawley Resource Group
Reporter 30-NOV-00 W.J. Nokleberg U.S. Geological Survey