Kaluich Creek

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Copper, Silver, Barium-Barite, Molybdenum, Vanadium

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001154
MRDS ID A011851
Record type Site
Current site name Kaluich Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -158.37357, 67.63952 (WGS84)
Relative position Located near the headwaters of Kaluich Creek in T. 26 N., R. 2 E., Kateel River Meridian. Shown as locality 2 in Mayfield and Grybeck (1978) and is accurate to within 2000 ft. (600 m).???
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Silver Secondary
Barium-Barite Secondary
Molybdenum Secondary
Vanadium Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Malachite Ore
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 208
USGS model code 31a
BC deposit profile E14
Deposit model name Sedimentary exhalative Zn-Pb
Mark3 model number 13

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Phyllite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -158.37357, 67.63952

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Small malachite-stained quartz vein in iron-rich black phyllite which is geochemically anomalous in Ag, Ba, Mo and V in a zone extending 2.5 km along strike (Mayfield and Grybeck, 1978). This type of copper mineralization in black metapelite containing anomalous Ag-Ba-Mo-V may be related to dewatering of a large Paleozoic? clastic basin (Schmidt and Werdon, 1993), and occurs throughout this part of the Brooks Range ( Kurtak and others, 1995; Schmidt, 1997, p. 35-65).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Noatak

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011851
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF AR048

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Kurtak, J.M., Hicks, R.W., Werdon, M.B., Meyer, M.P., and Mull, C.G., 1995, Mineral investigations in the Colville mining district and southern National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 8-95, 217 p.

  • Deposit

    Mayfield, C.F. and Grybeck, D., 1978, Mineral occurrences and resource map of the Ambler river quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-120I, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Schmidt, J.M., 1997, Shale-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag and barite deposits of Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral Deposits of Alaska, 1997: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 35-65.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Mayfield and Grybeck, 1978

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Shale-hosted? (Schmidt and Werdon, 1993, p. 143)
Deposit Other Comments = Located within the Noatak National Preserve.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 07-MAY-1997 K.R. Leonard U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 07-MAY-1997 R.L. Elliott U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 07-MAY-1997 J.M. Schmidt U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 07-MAY-1997 S.W. Nelson U.S. Geological Survey