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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001403
MRDS ID A012147
Record type Site
Current site name Mowgli
Alternate or previous names Sher Khan, Upper Camp group

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.81335, 67.81973 (WGS84)
Relative position The Mowgli-Sher Khan claim group lies in the hills immediately south of the North Fork Chandalar River between Quartz and Geroe creeks and approximately 25 miles north-northwest of Chandalar. The reference point is located near the south-center of the claim group (NW1/4 sec. 36, T. 35 N., R. 6 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian). The claims extend approximately a mile west and southeast from the reference point. The Jim-Montana property (CH095) is west of and contiguous with the Mowgli-Sher Khan claim group, and together they form one large claim block. The location is accurate within a 1-mile radius.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Zinc Primary
Silver Secondary
Lead Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Tennantite Ore


  • (Local) Calc-silicate(?).

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 60
USGS model code 18c
Deposit model name Skarn Zn-Pb
Mark3 model number 22

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone
    Rock unit name Skajit Limestone
    Rock description Skajit Limestone
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Devonian

Nearby scientific data

(1) -148.81335, 67.81973

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Early descriptions of this prospect indicated only the presence of chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and minor galena and tennantite in skarn in limestone near a thrust-fault contact with Paleozoic or older calcareous schist (Grybeck, 1977; Cobb and Cruz, 1983). Newberry and others (1986) included it in a group of skarn deposits that form a belt northwest of and related to the granitic rocks of the Devonian(?) Horace Mountain plutons. Many of these skarns exhibit both garnet and pyroxene prograde and epidote and actinolite retrograde mineral assemblages, and Newberry and others (1986) stated that the mineralogy, mineralization, and alteration of these skarns categorize them as continental-margin, porphyry-related copper skarns. Newberry and others (1986) classified the prospect as a Cu-Zn-Pb deposit and suggested that these Pb-Zn-rich skarns represent distal concentrations surrounding porphyry systems in the Chandalar district. Newberry and others (1997) classify the Mowgli deposit as a calcic Zn-Pb skarn and replacement body. The country rocks near this prospect were mapped by Brosgi and Reiser (1964) as principally Devonian Skajit Limestone in thrust contact with Devonian calcareous schist and marble.
  • Age = Devonian based on reported Early Devonian Pb/Pb zircon ages from the associated Baby Creek batholith and Horace Mountain plutons (Dillon and others, 1996).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Chandalar

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Claims staked in 1975 and 1976.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012147
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CH094

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Grybeck, D.J., 1977, Known mineral deposits of the Brooks Range, Alaska: US Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-166C, 41 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.

  • Deposit

    DeYoung, J.H., Jr., 1978, Mineral resources map of the Chandalar quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-878-B, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Cruz, E.L., 1983, Summaries of data and lists of references to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral deposits in the Chandalar quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 83-278, 91 p.

  • Deposit

    Newberry, R.J., Dillon, J.T., and Adams, D.D., 1986, Regionally metamorphosed calc-silicate-hosted deposits of the Brooks Range, northern Alaska: Economic Geology, v. 81, p. 1728-1752

  • Deposit

    Baggs, D.W., Northam, M.J., Meyer, M.P., and Maas, K.M., 1988, Selected significant mineral deposits in Alaska, a minerals availability system overview: U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 9177, 124 p.

  • Deposit

    Newberry, R.J., Allegro, G.L., Cutler, S.E., Hagen-Levelle, D.D., Adams, D.D., Nicholson, L.C., Weglarz, T.B., Bakke, A.A., Clautice, K.H., Coulter, G.A., Ford, M.J., Myers, G.L., and Szumigala, D.J., 1997, Skarn deposits of Alaska, in Goldfarb, R.J., and Miller, L.D., eds., Mineral Deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9, p. 355-395.

  • Deposit

    Maas, K.M., 1987, Maps summarizing land availability for mineral exploration and development in northern Alaska, 1986: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 10-87, 33 quadrangle overlays.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Grybeck, 1977

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Zn-Pb skarn deposits(?) (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 18c)
Deposit Other Comments = See also: Jim-Montana (CH095).? Alaska Kardex Nos. 031-58C, 031-60B (Kardex is a card file mining claim information system located at the State of Alaska DNR Public Information Center in Fairbanks).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 17-NOV-1999 J.M. Britton U.S. Geological Survey