Last Shot

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001532
MRDS ID A012280
Record type Site
Current site name Last Shot

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -130.05869, 55.99477 (WGS84)
Relative position This prospect is at about 1400 feet elevation, about 0.2 mile west of Skookum Creek, and about 5.5 miles north-northwest of Hyder. It is in the north-central part of section 11, T. 68 S., R. 99 E., of the Copper River Meridian. The site corresponds to loc. 10 on plate 2 in Buddington (1929 [B 807]), and to loc. 2 in Elliott and others (1978). The location is accurate within about 0.1 mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Gold Primary
Copper Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary
Tungsten Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Freibergite Ore
Galena Ore
Pyrite Ore
Pyrrhotite Ore
Scheelite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Tetrahedrite Ore
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite
    Rock unit name Texas Creek Granodiorite
    Rock description Texas Creek Granodiorite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Early Jurassic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Early Jurassic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -130.05869, 55.99477

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area of this site include: pelitic metasedimentary and subordinate andesitic metavolcanic strata of the Jurassic or Triassic Hazelton Group; recrystallized granodiorite of the Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite, which intrudes the Hazelton rocks; quartz monzonite and granodiorite of the Hyder Quartz Monzonite batholith, which intrudes the Hazelton and Texas Creek rocks; and Tertiary lamprophyre dikes, which intrude all of the foregoing rock units (Smith, 1973, l977; Berg and others, 1988).? the deposit is in (Texas Creek) granodiorite and consists of sulfide-bearing quartz veins and stringer lodes, and of pyritized country rock adjacent to the veins (Buddington, 1929, p. 75-76; Elliott and others, 1978, loc. 2; Cobb and Elliott, 1980, p. 65). The principal vein is as much as 12 feet thick and contains an ore shoot of almost solid sulfides 8 to 18 inches thick, exposed for a length of at least 30 feet. The sulfide minerals are galena, pyrite, sphalerite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, tetrahedrite, and freibergite.? the principal vein was explored in the early 1900s by surface pits and opencuts, and by a 25-foot adit. A 26-inch-long channel sample of the vein taken in 1951 contained 0.08 oz. Au/ton, 6.2% Pb, and 4.85% Cu (Byers and Sainsbury, 1956, p. 56). Altered (talcose) country rock adjacent to the vein contains sparsely disseminated grains of scheelite.? Maas and others (1995, p. 254) suggest that the age of the sulfide-bearing quartz fissure vein at the Last Shot prospect (p. 261 and fig. 66) is Eocene, based on similarities in mineralogy, structural setting, and hostrock, to lead-isotope-dated Eocene deposits nearby in the Hyder district. If so, the age of the deposit is roughly contemporaneous with emplacement of the Hyder Quartz Monzonite batholith.
  • Age = Maas ands others (1995, p. 254) suggest that the age of the sulfide-bearing quartz fissure vein at the Last Shot prospect (p. 261 and fig. 66) is Eocene, based on similarities in mineralogy, structural setting, and hostrock, to lead-isotope-dated Eocene deposits nearby in the Hyder district. If so, the age of the deposit is contemporaneous with emplacement of the Hyder Quartz Monzonite batholith.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Hyder

Production statistics

  • Year 1917
    Period 1916-1917
  • Year 1917
    Period 1916-1917
  • Year 1917
    Period 1917-1917

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The principal vein was explored in the early 1900s by surface pits and opencuts, and by a 25-foot adit. A 26-inch-long channel sample of the vein taken in 1951 contained 0.08 oz. Au/ton, 6.2% Pb, and 4.85% Cu (Byers and Sainsbury, 1956, p. 56). Altered (talcose) country rock adjacent to the vein contains sparsely disseminated grains of scheelite.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012280
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF KC002

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Buddington, A.F., 1929, Geology of Hyder and vicinity, southeastern Alaska, with a reconnaissance of Chickamin River: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 807, 124 p.

  • Deposit

    Byers, F.M., and Sainsbury, C.L., 1956, Tungsten deposits of the Hyder district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1024-F, p. 123-140.

  • Deposit

    Smith, J.G., 1973, A Tertiary lamprophyre dike province in southeastern Alaska: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 10, p. 408-420.

  • Deposit

    Smith, J.G., 1977, Geology of the Ketchikan D-1 and Bradfield Canal A-1 quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1425, 49 p.

  • Deposit

    Elliott, R.L., Berg, H.C., and Karl, Susan, 1978, map and table describing metalliferous and selected nonmetalliferous mineral deposits, Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report, 78-73-B,17 p., scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Elliott, R.L., 1980, Summaries of data on and lists of references to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral deposits in the Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-1053, 154 p.

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., Elliott, R.L., and Koch, R.D., 1988, Geologic map of the Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Investigations Series Map MF-1807,27 p., scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Maas, K.M., Bittenbender, P E., and Still, J.C., 1995, Mineral investigations in the Ketchikan mining district, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 11-95, 606 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Buddington, 1929 (B807); Byers and Sainsbury, 1956

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 28-JUN-99 H.C. Berg U.S. Geological Survey